Israeli court delays West Bank settlement eviction

JERUSALEM Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:45am EDT

1 of 2. A Jewish settler walks near temporary homes in the unauthorized Jewish outpost of Migron near the West Bank city of Ramallah, in this February 6, 2012 file picture.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Supreme Court on Friday granted a government request to delay the eviction of the largest illegal settler outpost in the occupied West Bank.

The court had previously ruled the outpost, Migron, was built on privately owned Palestinian land and had ordered the government to remove it by August 1. Friday's ruling extended the deadline to August 21.

The government told the court on Sunday that the temporary site set up for Migron's 50 families to move to would not be ready in time.

The army also said it was concerned the eviction could set off violent protests by settlers in the sensitive period of Ramadan and asked to delay the task until after the Muslim holiday was over.

The United Nations deems all Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be illegal. Israel disputes this and distinguishes between about 120 settlements it has sanctioned and about 100 outposts erected by settlers without official authorization.

Migron settlers have long said they were encouraged by the state to erect the hilltop outpost. Though it never received official sanction, the government has spent at least 4 million shekels ($1.1 million) on maintaining the cluster of mobile homes.

The Jewish state cites biblical and historical ties to the West Bank, which it captured along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem in a 1967 war.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in those territories and say the settlements deny them a contiguous, viable state. About 311,000 Israeli settlers and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Pravin Char)

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TimUpham wrote:
The eviction at Migron needs to be speeded up, because it is just a burden. A burden placed on Israel, because no way are 311,000 Israeli settlers going to outnumber 2.5 million Palestinians. Unless, there is to be minority rule, but such situations did not work in Rhodesia and South Africa. But also the situation there was achieving black majority rule. Israel already has Jewish majority rule, but it is not being extended to the West Bank. The West Bank is currently 75% Muslim, so sooner of later Israel is going to have to relinquish control over the West Bank. That was outlined in the Oslo Accords of 1993, but it is now 2012, and Israel still has control?

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