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Vice PM Shalom: Migron Outpost Is 'Eternal, Here to Stay'

Silvan Shalom also expresses support for legislation that would leave settlers on private Palestinian land while compensating the owners.

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said yesterday the Migron outpost in the West Bank was "eternal" and would not suffer the fate of Amona, the settlement where in 2006 security forces demolished nine houses.

The High Court of Justice has ordered Migron evacuated by the end of March. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has opposed any legislation that would address cases that have already been ruled on by the courts.

"As far as I'm concerned, Migron is eternal and here to stay," Shalom said on a visit to the outpost. "We won't see here scenes as in Amona."

Shalom is one of a number of Likud ministers and MKs to pledge support for the Migron settlers in recent days.

He also expressed support for legislation that would leave settlers on private Palestinian land while compensating the owners.

Shalom added that "settlement is a main flag of Likud and we'll continue to strengthen settlements in all parts of the Land of Israel. Through no fault of their own, the inhabitants found themselves in a difficult situation, and we can't do an injustice to people who haven't committed an injustice.

According to Shalom, "I was glad to hear that the settlers are keen to find a solution that won't demolish the settlement while fulfilling the High Court ruling. We'll support a solution that would move the inhabitants to another permanent spot and leave Migron as a civilian spot."

Shalom appeared to be referring to a solution brokered by Minister without Portfolio Benny Begin. Begin seeks to move the outpost a few hundred meters away to a location known as Yekev Hill, while declaring the current spot a military base or an agricultural school.

Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat visited the outpost last week and declared that "there should be a legal arrangement of the outposts in Judea and Samaria, with the participation of their inhabitants .... Uprooting them without an arrangement would be undemocratic and immoral."

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin visited Migron two days later and said that if the cabinet can't find a way to legalize the outpost, the Knesset will.