Compromise would defer Israeli settler evacuation

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli government hopes to reach a compromise with settlers that would stave off a looming deadline to evacuate the largest unauthorized settlement enclave in the West Bank.

The 50 families in the Migron outpost live on land that is private Palestinian property. Israel's Supreme Court has ordered them to leave by March 31.

The Migron residents refusing to comply. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a compromise Sunday that would relocate the outpost to nearby land that is not privately owned.

Netanyahu's office had no comment on the timing of the move. A Migron spokesman, Itai Chemo, says the new housing would take up to two years to build.

That could allow the settlers to remain in their homes long past the impending deadline.

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