Preparations for Migron evacuation proceed on schedule (ISRAEL HAYOM) Yori Yalon and Shlomo Cesana 06/18/12)
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World Zionist Organization employees bring residential buildings from
Migron on semitrailers to Givat Hayekev • The High Court of Justice
struck down an agreement and ruled that Migron must be evacuated by
The settlement division of the World Zionist Organization on Sunday
transferred five residential buildings from Migron, on 14
semitrailers, to the Givat Hayekev site in Kochav Yaakov, as part of
preparations for the evacuation of the illegal outpost by the end of
July. Work on infrastructure at the site, in the Binyamin region of
Judea and Samaria, also continued.
In March, the High Court of Justice struck down an agreement between
residents and the government that would have kept Migron, the largest
illegal outpost in Judea and Samaria, in place for at least three
more years. The court ruled that Migron residents must evacuate the
site by August.
In April, Minister Without Portfolio Benny Begin (Likud) accused
right-wing political figures of sabotaging efforts to reach a
compromise with residents of Migron that would have them relocated to
state-owned land near their current place of residence.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had appointed Begin to mediate a
deal between the state and the residents that would then need to be
approved by the High Court of Justice.
On April 30, the government approved a proposal to establish the new
temporary housing site in Givat Hayekev for the Migron residents.
Itay Hemo, a community spokesperson for Kochav Yaakov, said in
response to the government´s decision, "The solution decided upon is
not a solution. This is not an aesthetic evacuation. No one has asked
for our consent."
Two residential buildings brought by the WZO to Givat Hayekev on
Sunday, which are 120 sq. meters (1,292 sq. ft.) each, were attached
to a public building of 240 sq. meters (2,583 sq. ft.). Three other
buildings, 72 sq. meters (775 sq. ft.) each, were brought to the site
By the end of the week, 23 structures are expected to be moved to
Givat Hayekev. Eighteen of them are residential buildings, while the
rest are public structures. By August, 54 structures will be set up
for the Migron evacuees.
The temporary structures will house around 50 families until a
permanent residence is established in the same area.
Commenting on the construction work in Givat Hayekev, WZO settlement
division head Danny Kritchman said, "Only a month ago, this place was
nothing but a stony hill. Site and infrastructure preparations are
underway in coordination with the Binyamin Regional Council and the
Binyamin Region Economic Development Company."
According to Kritchman, land at the site has already been prepared by
the WZO settlement division and all the necessary paperwork is being
completed as well.
The site includes an area of 100 dunams (24.7 acres) of which 42
dunams (10.4 acres) are slated for the temporary resettlement. The
budget set aside for the construction work now stands at 25 million
shekels ($6.5 million).
Meanwhile, an official statement issued Sunday said the cabinet has
approved the establishment of a Ministerial Committee on Settlement
Affairs. The committee, to be headed by Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, will have the authority to formulate government policy on
unauthorized construction on state-owned land and privately owned
land in Judea and Samaria. These powers would extend to legally
Committee decisions will have the same legal status as government
resolutions and ministers will not be able to challenge them.
The committee may be a boon for the pro-settlement wing in the
government as the new committee in effect strips Defense Minister
Ehud Barak of his almost exclusive authority on settlement
construction or the issuance of housing permits in Judea and Samaria.
Netanyahu selected Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael
Beytenu), Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz (New
National Religious Party), Vice Prime Minister and Minister Without
Portfolio Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas),
Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Bogey)
Ya´alon (Likud), Benny Begin, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Education Minister Gideon Sa´ar
(Likud) and Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) to
sit on the committee.
In the vote to approve the committee on Sunday, Mofaz, Barak,
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon (Independence) and
Minister of Improvement of Government Services Michael Eitan (Likud)
opposed the move. Vice Prime Minister and Negev and Galilee
Development Minister Silvan Shalom, Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch, Energy and Water Resources Minister Uzi Landau,
Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Tourism Minister Stas
Mofaz explained his opposition to the committee saying the decision
would "legitimize all the problematic aspects of the settlements."
The vice prime minister said taking the subject of settlements out of
the hands of the Defense Ministry was questionable. "Sensibility,
what´s right for the country and political logic dictate sticking to
the simple rules accepted by a majority of Israelis, which include
strengthening the larger settlement blocks, strict adherence to the
law and absolute abstention from anything close to violation of the
law or the appropriation of private land," Mofaz said.
Sa´ar congratulated the government on its decision to establish the
committee. "This government, headed by Netanyahu, made a significant
policy change in relation to settlements. Previous governments
unreasonably restricted the development of settlements. This is a
huge enterprise that includes some 360,000 Jews. Solutions needed for
the settlements today are different from those that were needed in
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