Settlers residing in the illegal West Bank outpost of Migron said Monday that a deal ensuring that the outpost will not be razed has been reached.
The settlers have reportedly agreed to have Migron relocated to a nearby hill, where it will rest on government-owned land.
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The Civil Administration will have to decide what to do with the structure left in Migron's current location, which is subjected to a land despite with Palestinians who claim prior ownership.
Migron (Photo: Lowshot.com)
According to the settlement reached, the current structures would not be razed until the relocation of all the families is complete. The State has agreed to an 18-month timeline to that effect.
One the State and the settlers sign the deal, they will present it to the High Court for approval.
However, the Civil Administration is likely to oppose the relocation of Migron to the selected area. An administration source said that the location posed several complex engineering problems.
Peace Now Director Yariv Oppenheimer, who petitioned the High Court of Justice to have Migron evicted, said the deal stands "in direct violation of the court order mandating Migron 's eviction by the end of March.
"Erecting a new isolated settlement, deep within the territories, which will cost millions, goes against Israeli interests and is meant only to appease a radical minority of settlers."
Heads of the Land of Israel Lobby MKs Zeev Elkin (Likud and Arieh Eldad (National Union) welcomed the agreement, calling it "a victory for Zionism."
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