Are Bedouin Palestinians?

(Ha'aretz) Moshe Arens - While Israeli Arab Knesset members, who consider themselves to be Palestinians, have decided to adopt the Negev Bedouin into the Palestinian fold, the first loyalty of the Bedouin living in the Negev is believed to be to their tribe. But in recent years they have been subjected to a campaign by the Islamic League in northern Israel, which is trying to convince the Bedouin to turn to Islam, be hostile to the State of Israel, and consider themselves to be Palestinians. The obvious political purpose is to spread the "Palestinian" umbrella over all Arabic-speaking citizens of the State of Israel. The writer served as Israel's Minister of Defense three times and once as Minister of Foreign Affairs.

2013-07-05 00:00:00

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