Israel’s Supreme Court has given Jewish settlers until August to evacuate Migron, the biggest illegal outpost in the occupied West Bank.
A government-backed deal would have let them stay on the Palestinian-owned land until 2015. The court dismissed that delay but extended the deadline beyond the end of March when settlers were supposed to leave, under an earlier ruling.
In Tel Aviv, the rights group Peace Now is content: “We are satisfied with the decision of the Supreme Court to reject the deal between the government and the settlers,” said Peace Now’s Director-General Yariv Oppenheimer. “The land of Migron should go back to it’s owners, the Palestinians.”
It is another blow to Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, just days after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva launched an international investigation into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories.