Migron residents walk by site of demolished home_311.
(photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)
Supporters of the West Bank Migron outpost sent an automated message to
thousands of Likud members on Wednesday pretending to represent a fictional
organization called “Left Now.”
The message called upon the Likud members
to vote for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in their party’s January 31
The only other contender for Likud leadership is far-right party
member Moshe Feiglin.
“Please come and vote for Netanyahu so we can
finally evacuate Migron and then destroy the rest of the settlements in the
occupied territories,” the message said.
“Only Netanyahu is good for us.
So don’t stay home. Don’t listen to your friends. We know what’s
best for you.”
Separately, on Wednesday, five of the six coalition
factions — Likud, Israel Beiteinu, Shas, Habayit Hayehudi and United Torah
Judaism — urged Netanyahu in a letter not to demolish unauthorized settler
homes. The National Union faction head also signed the letter.
letter, the faction heads included a legal opinion from former Foreign Ministry
legal adviser Alan Baker and attorney Harel Arnon in support of an alternative
solution, such as compensation, to the demolition of illegal homes.
the letter they told Netanyahu that he had an obligation to cancel all planned
demolitions, including that of Migron in March.
In spite of the letter,
faction heads agreed to impose discipline should a private members’ bill by MK
Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) to legalize unauthorized settler construction
be brought to the plenum.
Netanyahu has rejected all legislative
initiatives to legalize unauthorized settler construction.
the bill in light of the coalition’s stance.
Migron settlers took their
case to the Internet on Wednesday, where they posted a three-minute video on
YouTube in defense of their outpost.
This summer, the High Court of
Justice ordered the state to raze the outpost because it was constructed without
the proper permits on land which the state has classified as belonging to
The decision came in response to a Peace Now
petition about the outpost, which is located in the Binyamin region of the West
Bank and is home to 50 families.
In the YouTube video, which showed stick
cartoon figures telling the narrative of Migron, the settlers said that the High
Court of Justice decision was a miscarriage of justice.
They noted that
they never had a chance to prove to the court that the land had not been
The video charged that Peace Now cared more about
the Nakba Day than Independence Day, and had deliberately targeted their homes
for demolition by finding Palestinians who would claim the outpost lands were
“Until then, they [these Palestinians] never dreamed that they
had a connection to Migron,” the video said.
It continued to charge that
Peace Now petitioned the High Court of Justice against Migron instead of
appealing to a Magistrate’s Court because it lacked proof that the Palestinians
owned the land.
By turning to the High Court of Justice, the video said,
Peace Now skirted the normal judicial process.
In the video, the
residents ask how the state could threaten to demolish their homes without
giving them their day in court.
When political interests can destroy a
fair judicial process, “this becomes more than Migron’s problem,” the video
stated as its last line.Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.