Barak okays new West Bank settlement in return for evacuation of illegal outpost
By Ted Belman
This takes the cake.
According to an Haaretz article,
In January 2008 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Barak informed the court they had decided to evacuate Migron within six months – in other words before August 2008. Olmert and Barak also said that they would take steps during that period to enable a voluntary evacuation, and that the Defense Ministry reserves the right to ask for an extension.
Apparently they have reached a deal with the Yesha Council as follows.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to approve the establishment of a new settlement in the Binyamin region in return for settlers’ agreement to evacuate the illegal outpost of Migron. The Migron settlers will move into the new 250-house settlement after leaving the illegal one they built on private Palestinian land.
Today there are 45 families living in Migron, with only two living in permanent housing and the rest in trailers.
The first stage of construction of the new West Bank community will incorporate 50 houses until permission is received for further construction. In order to build the settlement, a detailed construction plan incorporating 1,400 housing units will have to be approved.
The new site is a kilometer away from the built-up section of the Adam settlement, located east of the separation fence. The establishment of the new community violates the conditions of the Road Map, as well as Ariel Sharon’s commitments to President George W. Bush in 2003.
WOW. Here we have a government dedicated to withdrawing to the fence agreeing to build another 1,400 houses east of the fence in exchange for removing a settlement of 45 families.
I like it. But how can it be explained or justified to the supporters of Labour and Kadima who support mass evacuation?
But will the deal get by the Supreme Court?