Negev: Israel to negotiate with Palestinian Bedouins

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Israel’s government on Wednesday said it will negotiate with Palestinian Bedouins over a controversial right-wing tree-planting project in the Negev (Naqab) desert that threatens Palestinians’ land and has sowed discord within the country’s fragile coalition. A statement from Social Affairs Minister Meir Cohen said “a compromise has been reached according to which the planting work will be completed today [Wednesday] as planned and starting tomorrow, accelerated negotiations will take place.” Protesters were confronted by Israeli forces on Tuesday evening and Wednesday, as they attempted to de…

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