JERUSALEM: Israel's government says it is asking the country's Supreme Court to delay the evacuation of an unauthorised West Bank settlement outpost by a month. The court has ordered the Migron outpost dismantled by Aug 1.
But on Sunday, the state asked to delay the operation until Aug 30. A government statement cites a senior military commander, Maj Gen Nitzan Alon, as saying carrying out the eviction during the holy month of Ramazan could set off clashes between settlers and Palestinians.
The outpost was built on privately owned Palestinian land, a practice the court outlawed decades ago. Some Migron settlers have petitioned the court to remain in their homes, claiming they've recently bought the land where their houses stand from Palestinians.—AP