Arab Collaboration with the Zionists
Hillel Cohen’s book, Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948, has already been mentioned on this blog. Benny Morris, at The New Republic, has written a lengthy review of the book. He compares Arab collaboration during the British Mandate and the Independence Day War to Arab construction in Israeli settlements today. He lists some of the reasons Arabs collaborated with the Jews during the Mandate period:
1. They believed the Zionists would win and thought it practical to be on their side
2. They were rebelling against the leadership of Haj Amin Al-Husseini and other nationalist leaders
3. Financial benefit
4. In order to benefit their clan, village or tribe
5. They had friends who were Jews
Presumably these same reasons still apply to Arab collaboration with Israel.