Israel's Security Forces Say Settlers Must Leave Land, Despite Claims of Lawful Purchase

Documents presented to the court show that some of the plots the settlement was built on were in fact purchased by the settlers.

Israeli security forces indicated on Sunday do not intend to allow settlers to remain in the settlement despite the fact that they have provided the documents indicating what they said was lawful purchase last week.

The settlers in Migron are supposed to evict the settlement by the end of the month and resettle in a neighborhood the state is preparing for them inside a military base, costing the tax payer NIS 25 million. The eviction of the neighborhood was brought on by a high court ruling.

Last week, 17 families living in the settlement appealed the high court to overturn its earlier decision and let them stay in their homes, backing their appeal with new evidence: documents indicating that all of the land of two plots and a small part of a third plot were purchased by the settlers.

The appeal prompted the security establishment to hold a number of consultations to determine how to respond to the appeal. The current position is that the settlers should not be allowed to remain in their houses. In addition they decided that all houses not in the plots that were purchased will be demolished or relocated.

Regarding the 17 units that are located in the purchased plots, at this point no decision was made whether or not they should or should not be immediately demolished or further look into the authenticity of the documents and examine their ramifications. The security forces would like to finalize this issue, which has been drawn out since 2006.

The ball is now in the government's court, with the high court waiting for the state's response by Wednesday. The settlers have expressed their disappointment with the ministers' response to the issue. Up to this point, no minister had spoken to the press publicly to express support of the settlers. Settler solicitation for such support during ministers' visits to Migron was turned down.

In the past few days, settler power brokers in the Likud party have stepped in demanding that the state position on the issue be determined in a preliminary discussion in the Ministerial Committee on Settlements.