With the deadline of the High Court of Justice order to evacuate the Migron outpost looming, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered the settlers a compromise. It would involve moving the community's permanent homes, which are on privately-owned Palestinian land, to an adjacent tract that was previously declared "state land."
As a prize for agreeing not to engage in violence against the Israeli security forces who are responsible for enforcing the court order, these criminals would receive the land for free, and without a tender. And until the move is complete, the cabinet (and presumably the State Prosecutor's Office and perhaps the court as well ) would allow them to live in peace on land that the nation's highest judicial instance has determined is someone else's property.
Migron's residents and their political patrons rejected an arrangement reached three years ago between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the Yesha Council of settlements. It provided for a new neighborhood in the Adam settlement, for which the state would create the infrastructure. But then, too, the squatters and their political supporters not only rejected the generous offer but threatened to settle accounts with the prime minister and "set the territories ablaze."
This is the price paid by the State of Israel for supporting - through action as well as inaction - the takeover of Palestinian lands, while at the same time undermining the two-state solution and reconciliation with our Palestinian neighbors.
The story of Migron is not only a story of contempt for the law, the legal system and justice; it is also a slap in the face to the international community and a gross violation of a cabinet resolution. In 2003 the government of Ariel Sharon (in which Netanyahu was a senior minister ) adopted the road map peace plan, which required Israel to "immediately dismantle" all outposts established after March 2001 - including Migron.
It has been almost seven years since the cabinet adopted attorney Talia Sasson's report on the outposts. Migron played a starring role in the report, together with a handful of other outposts including some on what has been declared "state land." The removal of the outposts, as specified in the road map, was to have been a cornerstone of trust-building with the Palestinians in preparation for negotiations on a final-status agreement.
Instead of conducting humiliating negotiations with the Migron squatters, the government must now evacuate all the outposts - without delay, and without exception.
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