A Glimmer of Hope or a False Positive?
On August 29, Israel's High Court again ordered Migron evacuated . Settlers were ordered out by September 4. The site was ordered cleared by September 11. Justices rejected a petition by 17 outpost families. They wrongfully claimed establishing Migron was legal.
They said land settled on was bought. Proof doesn't support bluster. Evidence suggests purchase documents were forged. The Court said "purchases have nothing more than (an unsubstantiated) purchase." Construction wasn't authorized and is illegal.
The ruling came days after government officials apparently yielded. They agreed Migron has to go. Perhaps they're willing to exchange one outpost for another on so-called state land by changing the subject.
During the Court hearing, state prosecutor representative Osmat Mandel explained the government's new position. Migron settlers won't be abandoned. They'll be moved to newly built homes on alternate Palestinian land.
Israel's Defense Ministry said it "expect(s) residents of Migron to respect the High Court's ruling and evacuate on their own." They issued a statement, saying:
"It is a dark day for the State of Israel, a day that has seen the basic rights of right-wingers trampled. The High Court granted legitimacy to the 'price tag' tactics of the State Attorney's office against settlers."
"The Israeli government will not be able to clean itself of the brutal rape that took place under its nose, and which it did nothing to stop."- Advertisement -
They blamed Netanyahu personally, adding:
He "joins in the eternal shame of the former prime ministers that decided to strike against the settlements. We are positive that Zionist Israelis will know who to blame for this."
"Residents of Migron are holding their heads high on this difficult day, and believe that the settlements will grow and prosper, and that soon, the story of Migron will end in at least two new settlements!"
Israel's Yesha Council is a hardline umbrella settlement organization. It accused the HCJ of "not really being open to hear" Migron residents side of the story, adding:
"We will not give up because of this. On the contrary: We will double our efforts to legitimize the land in upper Migron, and we will settle there again, faster than people think."- Advertisement -
Peace Now issued a statement saying:
"The High Court's decision is a victory for law and order over the illegal settlements in the West Bank. The decision transforms Migron from a symbol of defiance and lawlessness into a symbol for the preservation of Israeli democracy."
"The court ruling is a beacon of light for Israeli society, proves that the settlers are not above the law, and that the West Bank is not abandoned territory. Peace Now sees the court ruling as an important achievement for all those who believe in a two state solution, and the rules of democracy."