In theory, Migron should have been an open-and-shut case. The state did not deny that Migron had been erected illegally, on private Palestinian land. Nor did it deny that the settlers’ claims that they had purchased the land were found to be baseless.
In the words of the High Court of Justice, the building of the outpost and its ongoing expansion were a blatant violation of the law that undermined the property rights of the Palestinian owners. It had to be demolished. Thus the court had ruled.
And after repeated delays, during which the outpost continued to expand, the court had had enough. “The obligation to carry out a court ruling is not a matter of choice,” noted Justice Miriam Naor.