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Deal to move Migron outpost falters

12:00 Feb 27 2012 Ramat Migron settlement outpost

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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Settlers living in an illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank have failed to sign an agreement with the Israeli government to move their homes, after a high court ruling ordered them to do so, Israeli media reported on Monday.

Two weeks ago, the settlers reportedly reached a deal to move their homes to a nearby hill, but now say a government representative later withdrew aspects of the agreement, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Israeli Minister Benny Begin called on settlers to accept the compromise even if they don't agree with it in whole, the report added. The deal was set to go before the High Court this week, after it ruled that the outpost near Ramallah is on privately-owned Palestinian land in August.

The settlers refuse the removal of their homes, Ynet said.

All settlements built on occupied Palestinian land are illegal under international law.

After the initial deal was reported, Peace Now director Yariv Oppenhemier said it was "in direct violation of the court order mandating Migron's eviction by the end of March," according to the Ynet.

"Erecting a new isolated settlement, deep within the territories, which will cost millions, goes against Israeli interests and is meant only to appease a radical minority of settlers," he added.

Outposts are settlements built without official Israeli government blessing, typically after the mid-1990s. There are about 100 outposts to date, many of which were supported by the Israeli government.
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