New Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that he would first study the Beduin issue in the Negev and then try to reach an agreement with them.
Ariel toured the Negev on Tuesday in preparation for a new push to finally implement Israeli government efforts to resettle the Beduin, saying “Time is not on our side.”
Asked if he would revive the dormant Prawer-Begin bill, the minister replied, “I will first study and tour the area. The first thing that needs changing is the hasbara [public relations],” he said. At first, he said, “We will try to reach an agreement.”