Analysis: An impending clash with the Negev Beduin

Despite the government’s wish to negotiate a solution with the Negev Beduin for their resettlement, it is much more likely that such a deal is unreachable, leaving both sides on a trajectory for a big confrontation.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he would first study the issue and then try to reach an agreement with the Beduin. However, anyone who has followed the issue over the past few years knows that a compromise may not be possible.

When asked if the government would implement its resettlement plan by force, if no agreement could be reached, the minister deftly dodged the question, reiterating that he would be seeking a deal.


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