Migron outpost aerial_311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)
If the government does not legalize Migron, then the legislature will, Knesset
Speaker Reuven Rivlin said during a visit to the outpost on Thursday.
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spoke a day after Habayit Hayehudi threatened to leave the coalition because the
government has yet to make a final decision on the issue.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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