The conflict between the State of Israel and the Negev Bedouin over land is not new; State vs. nomadic land ownership is an on-going dispute originating as early as the Ottoman Empire. Illegal construction and land use are its widespread expressions, making it difficult for the State to supply basic needs to its citizens. Furthermore, the dispute creates obstacles to the development of the Negev for the benefit of all its inhabitants. This article will try to lay out the Government's approach, as the author perceives it, to the resolution of the land dispute, through reaching financial settlements with various Bedouin individuals and tribes. Monetary and land compensation have both been offered, along with the revival of the Land Title Settlement procedure, as part of a new Government policy.
- Arab-Israeli conflicts ; Bedouins ; Bedouins -- Israel -- Negev ; Community development -- Israel -- Negev ; Government buildings ; History ; Israel ; Israel-Arab conflicts ; Jewish studies ; Land ownership ; Land settlement ; Land tenure ; Land use ; Law -- Israel ; Law enforcement ; Municipal governments ; Negev ; Ordinances ; Public land ; Regional planning -- Israel -- Negev ; Residential buildings ; The State and the Arab Sector ; Towns