The government has approved the proposal of Housing and Construction Minister Ze'ev Boim to appoint former state comptroller Eliezer Goldberg to chair a committee to examine the issue of Beduin settlement in the Negev.
Approximately 75,000 Beduin tribesmen are scattered throughout the Negev desert in unrecognized villages. The government has refused to recognize these villages in the past 40 years, preferring to force the Beduin off the land into recognized towns and an urban lifestyle.
The committee is expected to submit its findings to the government within six months.
"The appointment expresses the government's genuine intent to resolve this matter," Boim said.