Israel to disband oldest settler outpost

2012-03-12 08:56

Jerusalem - The Israeli government struck a deal on Sunday to disband the biggest and oldest settler outpost in the West Bank and relocate its residents to a nearby hill, public radio said.

The agreement to relocate settlers from the Migron illegal outpost was negotiated by Benny Begin, a minister without portfolio in the government, the radio said.

Migron settlers will be moved to a hill 2km away where new homes will be built for them and the current site will be turned over to the Israeli military administration, it said.

Isral's Supreme Court had ordered the Migron outpost to be evacuated by the end of March.

Migron, located north of Jerusalem, is built on privately owned Palestinian land.

Illegal settlements

Israel considers settlement outposts built without government approval to be illegal and often sends security personnel to demolish them, although in recent months the government has announced its intention to retroactively legalise a number of them.

More than 310 000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and the number is constantly growing.

Another 200 000 live in a dozen settlement neighbourhoods in east Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.

The international community considers all settlements in territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East war are illegal, whether or not approved by its government.

  • Fidel - 2012-03-12 09:03

    How about disbanding all of Israel, which is nothing more than a military outpost, and relocate it to Poland and Russia, whence it came from.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 15:47

      Fidel there is no place in the world that discrimination and racism is as institutionalized as in the Arab world, against Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists, Women Gays and other smaller minorities. The real Apartheid on planet Earth is in the Arab world! Funny, even racists like you think Israel, a nation the size of the Kruger National Park is too BIG for the Middle East – Israel is not going anywhere no matter how loud you scream; for the screams of racists fall on death ears. Your dream of Apartheid in the Middle East is not going to materialize as Jews and Christians will always be able to call Israel home in this Islamic neighbourhood called the Middle East! You can call Israel a cancer in the Middle East as much as you want, for we all know the real cancer is people like you.

  • Fred - 2012-03-12 12:40

    Considering that the Majority of the original Jews living in Israel were their prior to 1948 or were forced to flee from arab lands to Israel post 1948 I would say they are home in Israel which includes Judea and Samaria (West bank). As far as Jerusalem goes their is no East or West Jerusalem. Jews had to flee for their lives from parts of Jerusalem when the arabs invaded in 1948. These parts are now convienently called East Jerusalem by Jihadists seeking to destroy Israel.

  • BA - 2012-03-12 16:50

    I do not think this article is accurate. The UN resolution calls for a negotiated settlement broadly along the 1967 borders. I do not think it is true or a fact that the international community considers all settlements in territories occupied by Israel since 1967 as illegal. This article is not accurate.

      Jaba - 2012-03-12 17:55

      OPEC pays, thus accuracy is not important

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