Migron outpost aerial_311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
Negotiations to prevent the demolition of the Migron outpost in the West Bank
appeared in danger of falling apart on Sunday evening, according to reports from
MK Uri Ariel (National Union) and MK Danny Danon
(Likud) reported that talks broke down over the conditions under which the homes
would be relocated.
Danon said that the state insisted that the outpost
must be relocated within two-and-a-half years, irrespective of whether new homes
have been built for the Migron residents.
Ariel added that the state
balked at accepting a condition by the settlers that the status of the land be
adjudicated first, before the homes are destroyed.
The High Court of
Justice has ordered the state to demolish the Migron outpost, which is home to
50 families, by the end of March. It 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 has looked to find a compromise by which the outpost
would be relocated two kilometers away to state land near the Psagot winery on
the same hilltop in the Binyamin region, where Migron is now
Ariel called on the government to resist caving in to pressure
from the Left and to sign an agreement with the Migron residents.
said that, although the two sides appeared to be at an impasse, he was hopeful
that the differences between them would be overcome.
The Knesset Lobby
for the Land of Israel, which is led by coalition chairman MK Ze’ev Elkin
(Likud) and MK Arye Eldad (National Union), called on the government to stand by
its promise to the Migron settlers.