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(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
Likud MK Danny Danon on Monday called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene and save the Migron outpost in the West Bank after negotiations to prevent the demolition of the outpost apparently broken down.
Likud Minister Benny Begin was scheduled to hold a press conference on the issue after Danon and National Union MK Uri Ariel said Sunday evening that talks broke down over the conditions under which the homes would be relocated.
The High Court of
Justice had 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
Danon said Sunday 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.
On Monday, Danon called on Netanyahu to take control of the issue personally "before it is too late."
"We must not allow clerks to prevent us from fulfilling the principles we were elected to enact and stop us from building and developing the settlement in Judea and Samaria," Danon stated.
Danon accused "extremist left-wing elements" of pressuring the government to reject a compromise to prevent the demolition of Migron.
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.