The government on Sunday approved a plan for dealing with the issue of disputed
Beduin communities in the Negev as well as for opening certain areas to new
settlements by a vote of 16-3-1, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
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what the Prime Minister’s Office characterized as “a compromise” which was
“vital,” 62 percent of land claimed by Beduin will remain under their control,
while 38% will be recognized as state land and any Beduin structures which
remain on it will be demolished if necessary, Israel Radio reported.
government decision both stipulates that those Beduin being relocated will
receive compensation, and lays the groundwork for new Jewish settlements in the