PM calls on Migron settlers to agree to proposal

Netanyahu puts forward initiative in which new permanent homes will be built on nearby state lands following demolition of outpost.

January 22, 2012 14:16
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Demolished house in Migron outpost in W. Bank

Migron Demolition 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday proposed a deal with residents of the Migron outpost, ahead of its evacuation.

According to the initiative, permanent homes will be built for them near the existing site, on state lands that will planned legally. Upon completion of the construction, the residents will move to the site. The outpost will be evacuated and the site handed over to the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration.

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"I call on Migron residents to accept the proposed compromise, and allow us to turn to the court to approve the arrangement," Netanyahu said at Sunday's cabinet meeting.

"This is a good proposal. It does not solve all of the problems, but it does resolve the problem of Migron," the prime minister stated.

The High Court of Justice last summer ordered the outpost to be removed by the end of March 2012.

Following the evacuation order, Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court last week allowed Palestinian claiming ownership to withdraw their civil suit on the matter. It ordered the Palestinians to pay compensation fees of NIS 7,000 to the Migron settlers and NIS 12,000 to the state toward court costs. 

Council of Jewish Communities of Judea chairman Dani Dayan addressed the proposal on Sunday, saying, "We share the desire to resolve the issue of Migron in an agreed-upon and peaceful way."

"Migron cannot under any circumstances be demolished," Dayan continued, calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to immediately convene all involved parties ... to an intensive and continuous dialogue until an agreed-upon solution is reached."

"I am not demanding anything of the government that I am not demanding of ourselves," Dayan added. "I am convinced that with honest and continuous dialogue, it is possible to reach a solution that preserves both the rule of law and strengthens settlement."

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report

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