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bIt cannot grant the right to a minority to take its home away bpeacefully. It is a contradiction that the Arabs are determined to bresolve in their own favor, and democracy is joined by demo- bgraphy to plunge Israel down the road to catastrophe.

bAnd as the political clock ticks on, the hands moving to- bward the era of political and violent confrontation, the Arabs binside Israel in many different ways chip away at the political, beconomic, and social stability and health of the Jewish state.

bThe angry Arab shout over the expropriation of land is in breality a tactic to cover the incredible amount of state land stolen bby Arabs over the years, thanks to Israeli fear of provoking inci- bdents. Not only have literally hundreds of thousands of dunams bof state land been stolen through Arab squatting, but the illegal bbuilding of Arab houses, which tends to eternalize the theft as bwell as cut off and surround Jewish villages, has reached the bepidemic stage. The thefts are in the Negev, in the Galilee, and bincreasingly in the center of the country, including the heart of bthe cities.

bThe huge wholesale theft of lands created political facts. The bArab squats on state lands; the Jews do nothing; the Arab works bit, builds houses on it, and then claims it as his own. Indeed, for bevery dunam of Jewish settlement in the liberated lands, thou- bsands of dunams go into de facto Arab illegal settlements inside bIsrael (as well as in the liberated lands). The situation has got- bten so desperate in the Negev that Agricultural Minister Ariel bSharon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee (July 30, b1980) that it will be necessary to set up five new settlements east band west of Beersheba, between the Gaza Strip and Hebron bHills, to prevent Bedouin encroachment on state lands which bcould create terrorist continuity between the present Arab-inhabited areas bof Judea and Gaza. Using a map, Sharon showed how Bedouin btribes from the Beersheba area had fanned out alarmingly to the bnorth, west, and east.

bThe Markovitz Committee, set up to report on the problem bof stolen state lands, reported in June 1980 that the stealing of blands had become a plague. The major problem was the bBedouin growth. Thanks to Israeli health facilities and agricul- btural progress, not only were there more Bedonins but infinitely bmore Bedouin flocks. As to the Bedouins themselves, in 1948 bthere were between 12,000 and 15,000 of them in the Negev. b 

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