Settlers Angrily Refuse To Leave Illegal Outpost

By Haaretz

Published January 22, 2012.

The ongoing controversy about the evacuation of the Migron outpost hit a new high Sunday, as settlers angrily rejected a compromise proposal offered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu asked the Migron settlers to voluntarily evacuate the outpost and receive in return support to establish a community on nearby state land. The settlers rejected the proposal and demanded that Netanyahu authorize the Migron outpost’s settlement by legislation. They threatened that a Migron evacuation would cost Netanyahu his job, because the national religious public will not tolerate a forcible evacuation of the outpost.

At Sunday’s cabinet session, Netanyahu evinced support for the compromise formula forged by Minister Benny Begin. “The High Court of Justice has ruled that Migron must be evacuated by March 31,” said Netanyahu. “The government wants to carry out the court’s decision, in a fashion that involves consent and is peaceful.”

Netanyahu told cabinet ministers that under the compromise formula, a new Migron will be built on state lands on an “authorized, planned basis.” It will not be on private Palestinian land.

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