Israeli cabinet approves temporary housing for Migron settlers (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Haaretz and Chaim Levinson 04/30/12)
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The Israeli cabinet unanimously approved Sunday a proposal to erect
temporary housing for residents of the illegal West Bank outpost of
Migron, which would allow for the outpost´s evacuation by July 15.
The High Court of Justice last month ordered the state to evacuate
the illegal West Bank outpost and dismantle it by August, after
rejecting an agreement between the settlers and state to defer the
evacuation by three years.
The outpost was built on privately-held Palestinian land, a practice
the court outlawed decades ago.
Israel is set to spend NIS 25 million to build a temporary housing
site for Migron´s settlers, who have been ordered to leave the West
Bank outpost by August. Migron residents are due to move into
temporary housing in the settlement of Kokhav Ya´akov.
The temporary site will consist of public structures, 50
prefabricated homes and minimal infrastructure, at estimated cost of
NIS 500,000 per family, totaling NIS 25 million, an official said.
The state will probably foot the bill, it was learned.
The permanent neighborhood will require more comprehensive
construction work and is expected to cost tens of millions of shekels.
Migron´s settlers are to pay for building the permanent houses
themselves, the official said.
"We decided to establish facts on the ground and, by our power as a
regional council, ordered to prepare the area for mobile homes and
later permanent ones for Migron´s settlers," said council head Avi
Roeh. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 04/30/12)
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