Rivlin: Knesset will legalize Migron if gov't doesn't

Habayit Hayehudi threatens to leave coalition over outpost demolitions; deputy A-G: Gov't “consolidating responses.”

By
January 12, 2012 16:28
2 minute read.
West Bank outpost [illustrative]

Migron outpost aerial_311. (photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

If the government does not legalize Migron, then the legislature will, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said during a visit to the outpost on Thursday.

He spoke a day after Habayit Hayehudi threatened to leave the coalition because the government has yet to make a final decision on the issue.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
'State wants to authorize 11 W. Bank outposts'
IDF expels 12 activists from West Bank

Rivlin called on the government to take responsibility for the current situation, in which the High Court of Justice ordered homes demolished by the end of March, because they were built on private Palestinian land.

The government must legalize the homes in question, and could reimburse the Palestinians in question if they proved ownership, he said.

“The [Migron] residents here are not thieves and are not trying to banish people from their land. They came here innocently, with the encouragement of the State of Israel,” Rivlin said.

In addition, he said there was no reason to demolish the houses and rebuild them in another part of Migron. According to the Knesset speaker, that would mean the state was admitting it did an injustice and allowed land to be stolen, which it did not do.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Rivlin does not oppose the court’s decision. Rather, he said, the government should find a legal way to change the land’s status, either through legislation or a government decision.

Numerous bills that would legalize outposts and save outpost homes have been proposed in recent months.

These bills have all been rejected by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, so that the government can negotiate with homeowners and find a solution other than new laws.

However, these negotiations are not sufficient for Habayit Hayehudi.

The party threatened to leave the coalition on Wednesday after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he was freezing the scheduled Ministerial Committee vote on a bill to legalize certain outposts sponsored by MKs Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) and Ya’acov Katz (National Union).

If Migron is demolished, Habayit Hayehudi plans to immediately leave the coalition, Ze’ev Kam of Makor Rishon reported on Wednesday night.

Orlev and Katz’s bill was voted down by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation in December, but Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud) appealed the rejection. Netanyahu told Edelstein that he would not allow the ministers to vote on the bill again on Sunday, as planned, so that negotiations could continue between the settlers and Ministerwithout- Portfolio Bennie Begin.

According to Makor Rishon, Migron residents said they would negotiate with Begin even if the legislation passed.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN