Beginning a Beautiful Friendship

Hillel Cohen

in Good Arabs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257672
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944886 | DOI:
Beginning a Beautiful Friendship

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Many Arabs offered the new state of Israel their services after the Little Triangle was annexed to it. Just as collaboration with the Jews was not foreign to some inhabitants of the Arab villages, neither was the art of managing collaborators unfamiliar to Israeli security officials. Some had overseen Arab informers during the Mandate and the war, mostly in the framework of the Shai, but in some cases in the framework of the British police. Some of the Bedouin tribes in the Negev acted in a similar fashion. Some allied themselves with the Jewish forces during the fighting, while others sought Israel's protection and promised to help the state when hostilities ended. In some villages and neighborhoods there was competition for the post of mukhtar, and winning the job was itself adequate compensation for assistance offered. But other mukhtars and collaborators frequently expected more concrete returns, and security officials grappled with the subject of how to compensate collaborators from the time the state was founded.

Keywords: Israel; Arabs; security; informers; collaborators; mukhtars; Bedouin tribe; Negev; compensation

Chapter.  11897 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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