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Arab–Israeli Military/Political Relations. Arab Perceptions by John W. Amos II

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There is so often a t e m p t a t i o n t o read too much purpose and p r e m e d i t a t i o n and far reaching planning into t h e course of e v e n t s . (12) This escalatory process had i t s historical source in t h e tensions deriving from t h e establishment of t h e s t a t e of Israel in 1948: The c r e a t i o n of a large refugee population which was located principally in Jordan and t h e Gaza Strip, but with sizable numbers in Lebanon, Syria, and t h e Arabian Gulf sheykdoms; a population which was also unabsorbable by host countries for a variety of political, economic, and cultural reasons.

In addition, cutting across s e c t a r i a n cleavage is an age-old conflict between nomadic and s e t t l e d populations, between t h e "badu" and t h e "hadar," between groups who perceive themselves as c a r r i e r s of "Arab" culture and o t h e r s . The most obvious example here is the intense 2^ Arab-Israeli Military/Political Relations hatred between bedouin and Palestinian populations in Jordan. Each feels t h a t the other is slightly less than human, and the savagery of the 1970 civil war bears witness to this feeling.

Mass demonstrations and rioting followed, particularly in t h e Homs, Hama a r e a s . Bazaar m e r c h a n t s joined the demonstrations and called for a general shutdown of t h e economy. The government responded by sentencing t h e article's author t o d e a t h , but to no avail. The situation was further aggravated by Jordanian and Saudi propaganda broadcasts which called upon t h e populace t o revolt in the n a m e of God. (41) Due to divisions between Druzes and 'Alawis within t h e military, the government decided not t o risk using regular troops.

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