JERUSALEM, Israel - Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak agreed Monday to relocate residents of Migron to the larger community of Adam.
Migron (see I Samuel 14:2 and Isaiah 10:28) was first established in 1999 and became an official "outpost" in March 2002, receiving help from various government ministries over the years.
The essence of a deal reached in August between the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip (Yeshua Council) and the government stipulates that the move would be voluntary.
Residents of the small, but thriving community are determined to remain and have not agreed to "relocation."
The ultra-left Peace Now organization, representing alleged Palestinian landowners, petitioned the High Court of Justice to evacuate the community and return the land to Arab ownership.
The court's two-week postponement of Tuesday's hearing on Migron angered Peace Now head Yariv Oppenheimer.
"We are concerned that this [announced move to Adam] is only a trick to gain more time," he said, adding that even relocation was tantamount to creating a new Jewish settlement.
According to Migron spokesman Gideon Rosenfield, the homes in the community were constructed legally and moving them would be construed as the opposite.
"The land in Judea and Samaria is ours," Rosenfield said. "[If we are relocated], "where would it stop?" he asked.
Source: The Jerusalem Post