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Good ArabsThe Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948-1967$
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Hillel Cohen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257672

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257672.001.0001

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Beginning a Beautiful Friendship

Beginning a Beautiful Friendship

The Rise of the Collaborator Class

(p.11) One Beginning a Beautiful Friendship
Good Arabs

Hillel Cohen

University of California Press

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

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