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you misunderstand Bedouin mentality

Reader comment on item: The Middle East's Tribal Affliction
in response to reader comment: The Negev Bedouin

Submitted by Rao (United Arab Emirates), Oct 17, 2022 at 03:45

Bedouins are a people who are deeply fatalistic and respect strength. They see Israel as the "strong horse" to use the term used by Osama popularized by Lee Harris. and would stick by Israel as long as it remains strong. They had contempt for Jews because they were weak. Now they respect them due to their military strength. And if Israel starts showing weakness , they will prod it (camels nose under the tent) looking for a line of attack

As for Hamas, it could simply be that Bedouin tribesmen have some relatives in the higher ups in the Hamas and nothing more than that. And that Hamas may have treated the Bedouin better than the PLO.

See the movie Bethlehem(2013) as an indication of the level of contempt the Palestinians have for the Bedouin. One Bedouin member who was trying to make a name for himself in the PLO was chastised by one of higher ups "your grandfather didnt even know how to wear shoes, its best that people like you know your place" ( I may have bungled the line a bit but that's the gist).


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