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Likud MKs Urge Netanyahu to Implement Migron Agreement

Likud Knesset members visit Migron, called on Netanyahu to implement the agreement that has been reached regarding the community.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/22/2012, 5:46 AM

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Several Knesset members from the Likud party called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to implement the agreement that has been reached regarding the community of Migron.

The MKs made the remarks at an official Likud event, during which they met with the heads of some of the party’s local branches. The event began with a visit to Migron and then continued with a special dialogue regarding the community’s future.

It was recently reported that an agreement has been reached in the negotiations between residents of Migron and Minister Benny Begin regarding the planned eviction of residents and demolition of the structures that have been built on the site.

According to the agreement, alternative structures will be built at a permanent site not far from Migron, and the IDF will "consider positively" leaving existing structures intact.

The agreement will make it possible for residents to peacefully leave the site and avoid confrontation with demolition forces. The agreement is the result of negotiations in which the residents were represented by Attorney Yaakov Weinrot and Binyamin regional authority head Avi Roeh, vis-à-vis the government as represented by Minister Begin.

During the meeting with local Likud heads, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin called on the Prime Minister to respect the agreements that were reached regarding Migron and added that there is no moral or legal justification to demolish the community and evict the residents from their home.

“We did not develop this agreement in the dark,” said Rivlin, adding, “I'm sure the government will live up to its obligations since Minister Begin worked as its emissary.”

MK Miri Regev noted that she will refuse to accept demolitions of communities as was the case during the eviction from Gush Katif in 2005. She added, “Migron is a symbol of the credibility of the government and we will defend this fact that in the Supreme Court as well.”

MK Ayoob Kara said that “Migron is Yafo (Jaffa) and Yafo is Haifa and Haifa is Jerusalem. Whoever does not understand this will bring us back to Gush Katif.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, all those who were present signed a petition calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to implement the agreements between the residents of Migron and government representative Minister Benny Begin. Migron residents have announced that they are planning to continue collecting signatures from the heads of the Likud branches in the coming days, and then submit the petition to the Prime Minister.

Daniella Weiss, one of the leaders of the settlement movement in Judea and Samaria, has criticized the Migron agreement and called it an “agreement of submission.”

“There was no reason to move Migron even by a millimeter,” Weiss told Arutz Sheva. “Everyone knows that there was no claim of the land by any Arab owner, it was all bogus. There was no legal problem. They wanted to hurt one of the stronger communities in the region.”

Weiss argued that the Migron agreement was designed to weaken the struggle of local residents against Netanyahu’s possible land concessions as part of a future agreement with the Palestinian Authority.