Court rejects Migron deal; orders evacuation by August 1

In dramatic ruling, High Court justices reject request to delay voluntary evacuation of outpost built on private Palestinian land until 2015. Petitioners’ attorney: Court showed no one is above the law


The High Court of Justice rejected on Sunday the compromise agreement reached between the State and the residents of the Migron outpost in the West Bank.

The judges, headed by Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, ruled that the outpost must be evacuated by August 1. The annulled compromise deal stated that the outpost’s residents would voluntarily relocate to state-owned land situated on a nearby hill within three-and-a-half years

In its ruling, the court chastised the State for failing to evacuate Migron.

Grunis said the ruling is an obligation, not a choice. “This is a necessary component of the rule of law to which all are subject, as part of Israel’s values as a Jewish and democratic state,” he said.

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By Aviad Glickman