Hamas calls on the Bedouins in the Negev to escalate their struggle against Israel in order to "prevent the Judaization of the Negev and establish the Palestinian Arab identity in the occupied land."
The defense establishment fears that Hamas is trying to push for a wave of violence that will sweep the entire Arab sector in Israel and the cities involved, as was the case in Operation Guardian of the Walls.
The violent events that have taken place in the south of the country in the last two days, following the controversy over the JNF planting operation and the police arrests in the village of Alatrash in the Negev, are causing great concern in the defense establishment.
It is worth noting what Louis Khatib, a member of the Bnei HaKfar political bureau, said yesterday: "What is happening in the Negev may be the spark that ignited the thread of the struggle within Israel ... We know that the question of the struggle with the government is a matter of time."
The planting of the JNF has meanwhile stopped, a political compromise has been reached with the RA'AM party to open negotiations on the series, but on the ground the Bedouin demonstrations continue, Hamas continues to incite the Bedouin in the Negev and the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. The Arabs of the Negev continue to organize the demonstrations.
In the Negev, IDF bases are being deployed, including Air Force bases, and the army is in the midst of a huge process of transferring additional bases from the center of the country, including intelligence units, to the Negev.
Hamas sees the Bedouins as frustrated and angry and full of hatred for Israel, with potential to become "their proxy soldiers". By using incitement and precise intent they hope to create a strategic threat to Israel in time of war by damaging these bases and disrupting the movement and supply routes in the Negev.
Therefore, it is not inconceivable that if the struggle against the Bedouin in the south continues for a long time, Hamas will not only express public support for the Bedouin and incitement in the media and social networks but will also take action, extrapolate rocket fire on Israel as they did by causing controversy in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem last May, on the eve of Operation Guardian of the Walls.