Begin: We´ll ask for delay in Migron evacuation (JERUSALEM POST) By TOVAH LAZAROFF 02/27/12)
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Likud Minister Benny Begin on Monday urged Migron outpost residents
to sign a deal with the government to relocate their West Bank homes
2 kilometers away, saying he would ask the High Court of Justice to
give the settlers until November 30, 2015 to build their new homes.
Begin made his plea at a Jerusalem press conference in the Prime
“I hope Migron residents will agree, even in the next few hours, to
turn with us to the courts, so we can resolve this in a peaceful
manner,” Begin said.
On Sunday night Likud MK Danny Danon and National Union MK Uri Ariel
told The Jerusalem Post that talks had broken down over the
conditions under which the homes would be relocated.
"Migron residents want to sign a deal with the government," Binyamin
Regional Council head Avi Ro’eh told The Jerusalem Post.
But the document Begin presented to the Migron residents, differed
from the verbal agreement he had reached with them, said Ro’eh.
Migron is located within his council’s jurisdiction.
“Begin has reneged on his promises to Migron residents,” Ro’eh said.
Monday’s dispute between settlers and the government comes just weeks
before a High Court of Justice deadline to raze the outpost, which is
home to 48 families, by the end of March.
In August the court ruled that the homes, most of which are modular,
were constructed without the necessary permits on land classified by
the state as belonging to Palestinians.
To avert a forced demolition of the outpost, the state through Begin
has looked to find a compromise solution with the settlers.
Settler leader Dani Dayan urged both sides to sign an agreement. “We
encourage both the residents of Migron and Begin to reach an
agreement as soon as possible and that will prevent the demolition of
the homes,” said Dayan who heads the Council of Jewish Communities of
Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
At the press conference Begin explained that under the terms of the
agreement, the state would ask the court to give the settlers until
November 30, 2015 to build new homes, on a portion of the hilltop in
which they are now located designated as state land.
He warned that the topography in that part of the hilltop near the
Psagot winery, was not easy, and that building preparations and the
permitting process would take time.
In the interim, the Migron residents are barred from constructing new
buildings in their present location.
After November 30, 2015, the land on which Migron is now located will
revert to the control of the Civil Administration, which will raze
It will then consider using the land for civilian, non-residential
purposes, Begin said.
The Likud minister said that all 48 families in Migron must sign a
letter stating that they accept the agreement. Only then, said Begin,
can the state turn to the court and ask that it rescind its ruling in
favor of this agreement.
But Ro’eh said that Migron residents wanted the state to wait for the
status of the land to be adjudicated in a local land court, before
demolishing the homes.
Migron residents have argued that the status of their land has never
properly been adjudicated. They are hoping that a Jerusalem land
court will reclassify the property.
Ro’eh said that Migron residents want the state to promise to only
demolish the outpost homes if the land court upholds the
classification of the land as belonging to private Palestinians.
Should the court determine that the outpost is located on state land,
why should the state demolish the structures, asked Ro’eh.
Danon said that he plans to personally appeal to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu in the Knesset.
“He must immediately and personally interfere,” said Danon. “Begin
gave up. We can-not leave it like this. The demolition of Migron
could destabilize the coalition,” he warned.
The Knesset Land for Israel Lobby group called on the government to
authorize Migron in its present location.
It added that outpost’s fate should be determined, only once the land
court had adjudicated its land status and the newly created outpost
committee charged with assessing land status in Judea and Samaria had
completed its work. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 02/27/12)
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