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      Hershkowitz: 'Can't Imagine' Migron being Razed

      Minister for Jewish Home says various solutions are being considered after High Court decision.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 3/27/2012, 9:42 AM

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      The head of the Jewish Home faction, Minister of Science Daniel Hershkowitz, told Arutz Sheva Tuesday that he "cannot imagine" a situation in which the community of Migron would be razed.

      Minister Hershkowitz said several possible solutions to the problem are being considered but he prefers not to expose them so as not to arouse opposition at this point.

      The minister expressed satisfaction from the fact that the entire government still thinks that the solution to the problem should be reached in cooperation with the residents of Migron. "It is possible that if a solution does not present itself, we will have to resort to legislation, although that, too, is not a simple matter," he said. "Some of the ideas could be voided by the High Court for alleged unconstitutionality."

      Opponents of a law that would legalize communities like Migron, he explained, claim that the fact that a person who claims ownership of land has not stepped up to demand recognition of his ownership cannot serve as justification for another person's seizing that land.

      Discussions of a possible solution are taking place in various forums, said Minister Hershkovwitz, and other ministers besides Benny Begin are involved.

      Security forces are preparing for a forcible eviction in Migron, after a High Court decision Sunday to reject a compromise between the residents and the government. Migron was built with government help on land whose ownership is unclear, except for the fact that it is not state land.