Settlers can´t always get what they want, says Begin (ISRAEL HAYOM) Yori Yalon and Israel Hayom Staff 02/27/12)
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Debate over the Migron illegal outpost continues as settlers and
attorneys tussle over the date set for evacuation • Residents want
new permanent houses finished by evacuation date • "We don’t know for
certain how long the planning will take to build a new neighborhood,"
Begin says, urging settlers to accept compromise.
Disagreements between settlers in Migron and the State Prosecutor’s
Office may lead to the collapse of the Jan. 23 compromise agreement
on the evacuation of Migron, the largest illegal Jewish outpost in
Judea and Samaria. Minister Without Portfolio Ze´ev Binyamin (Benny)
Begin (Likud), who mediated the compromise, said Monday that while
the settlers had come a long way, not all of their wishes could be
The High Court of Justice ruled last summer that the outpost, home to
some 50 families, had been built on privately owned Palestinian land,
and ordered its evacuation by the end of March. The compromise
determined that the residents of the outpost would be moved to a new
neighborhood on state-owned land, located near the Psagot winery some
two kilometers (about a mile) south of the current location.
In the event of the compromise’s collapse, the outpost will be
evacuated in coming weeks in accordance with the court’s decision.
Begin, who was appointed by the government to handle the
controversial evacuation, held a press conference Monday afternoon to
elaborate on the differences of opinion between the state and the
settlers. He was rumored to be planning to resign from the position
“After months of talks, I hope that the residents of Migron will
agree to accept the letter of this [compromise] so that we can put
the finishing touches on this document tomorrow or the next day and
submit it to the courts,” Begin said at the press conference. “I know
that our friends in Migron have come a long way on this. They had
something else in mind, different hopes and wishes. We can’t fulfill
all of them. Some of them don’t reconcile with reality.”
“We don’t know for certain how long the planning will take to build a
new neighborhood. The topography is not simple,” he added.
The current dispute centers on when Migron residents will be expected
to leave their homes. Migron residents insist on staying in their
houses until new permanent structures are completed in Psagot. The
state attorneys want to stipulate that Migron residents relocate
within two and a half years, regardless of whether or not the
designated housing is ready.
The compromise stipulated relocating Migron residents to a nearby
stretch of land owned by the state, thereby vacating the disputed
land. Begin’s proposal included a promise of permanent homes in place
of the current mobile homes. Once the permanent structures are
completed, the families would relocate and turn the disputed land
over to the Civil Administration.
Begin said Monday that since families were to be relocated it would
be necessary to extend the deadline of the evacuation. “According to
the estimates of the Civil Administration, the building will require
18 months. We will ask the Supreme Court for an extension to carry
out its ruling on Nov. 30, 2015.”
“We all hope, the residents included, that the planning time will not
last too long and that the families will be able to enter their
permanent homes in a shorter time, but we are asking for the
maximum,” he added.
Another bone of contention was what would happen to the evacuated
structures. Migron residents insisted that they remain intact, while
the court ordered their demolition. The compromise stipulated that
the Civil Administration use its discretion as to the fate of the
existing structures “in accordance with the law.”
The vague wording of the compromise left an opening for the Migron
residents to prevent the demolition of structures within the outpost
that are not situated on private land, or where private ownership of
the land cannot be proven.
Migron residents now refuse to leave their homes until permanent
structures are ready for them in Psagot and until they have received
assurance that the structures in Migron will remain intact.
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