Israeli Settler: Outpost To Stay 2 More Years

Published February 13, 2012 10:00AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli settlers say they have reached a deal with the country's government to allow them to stay in their West Bank outpost for two more years, despite Supreme Court orders for evacuation next month.

Itay Hemo, spokesman of the Migron settlement, said Monday that a government representative has pledged to delay eviction until Israel finishes building a new settlement for its residents.

An Israeli government spokesman could not confirm the deal, which needs Supreme Court approval.

Israel promised the U.S. in 2003 to dismantle Migron and dozens more unauthorized settler outposts built on land Palestinians claim for a future state. But it has flouted that promise.

Migron was built in 2001 on what authorities say is private Palestinian land.

By Salon Staff

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