The Migron Bill is not just, and would go against the constitutional right to property as defined in Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, Minister without Portfolio Bennie Begin said on Wednesday.
Begin said the Migron Bil is “not just and not logical” in an emergency meeting called during the Knesset’s spring recess by MKs Danny Danon (Likud) and Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) in order to convince the government to approve legislation stating that outpost homes built on land classified by the state as private Palestinian property may not be demolished if they have been in place for more than four years and if at least 20 families live in the community. It also proposed compensating the Palestinian landowners instead of evacuating homes.
“The law cannot allow private Arab lands to be used to build Jewish settlements,” Begin said. “If the bill passes, the court will cancel the law, because it opposes the right to property, which is protected by a basic law.”
According to Begin, “settling our homeland is based on our natural, historical right to the land, but also relies on the power of the state. We have the power; therefore we must be fair and careful.”
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation rejected the bill in December because it believed that it would harm negotiations between the Migron residents and Begin. The residents were working on an agreement through which the outpost would be voluntarily relocated to state land two kilometers away near the Psagot winery.
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