Three days before the ultimatum to evacuate 30 out of 46 families in the West Bank outpost of Migron expires, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the evacuation would be carried out in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We will respect the court’s decision while continuing to strengthen the settlements,” Netanyahu said in a meeting with Likud ministers. “We have done so in Beit El and we will do so in Migron. We have already prepared the alternative housing site and we are hoping things will be conducted in a civil manner.”
Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said it would have been preferable for families not named in the legal case to have willfully moved to the alternative site, Hayekev Hill. “The majority plans to move after the High Court’s ruling,” he said, “but it is possible that some residents will not want to move on their own and will await the evacuation ‘like sacks of potatoes,’ as they put it, meaning passive resistance.” Ya’alon warned “other elements” might try to make the resistance more forceful, adding that those who refuse to move will have violated the agreement reached with the government and will not be able to live in the alternative site.
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