Development begins at site designated for Migron settlers (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Fleishman Published: 04.05.12, 18:00)
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Site near Psagot settlement set to house residents of West Bank
outpost to be destroyed by August 1 because it was built on
The Mateh Binyamin Regional Council has begun developing the site
designated to house settlers from the West Bank outpost of Migron,
Ynet reported Thursday.
Bulldozers have been brought to the area, located near the Psagot
settlement, in order to level the ground.
"We understand that the time is short, which is why we are prepared
to finish planning and begin developing within days," Deputy Council
Head Motti Yogev said.
In late March the High Court ordered the State to evacuate Migron by
August 1 because it was built on private Palestinian land. In its
ruling, the court rejected a compromise agreement between the State
and the settlers, according to which the outpost´s destruction would
be delayed until 2015.
The court´s decision drew harsh criticism from right-wing Knesset
members. Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said that the High
Court "proved once again that it favors the Arab interest over Jewish
settlement, even at the price of shedding Jewish blood. The High
Court will be responsible for any blood spilled in Migron."
MK Tzipi Hotoely of the ruling Likud party called the decision
a "reward for extremists trying to split the country in half." She
added that "the High Court´s surrender to the demands made by the
Peace Now organization is likely to take a heavy toll on Israeli
Left-wing organizations hailed the ruling as a victory. Peace Now,
which originally petitioned the court against the legality of Migron
in 2006, called the court´s decision a "step in the right direction".
"The court´s ruling made it clear to authorities that no one –
including the government and the settlers - is above the law," said
Peace Now Executive Director Yariv Oppenheimer. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 04/05/12)
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