Lawyer says Israeli outpost deal a stalling tactic

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A lawyer is trying to scuttle a deal to allow settlers to remain in their unauthorized West Bank outpost for another three years, telling Israel's Supreme Court that it's a stalling tactic.

The court has ordered the Migron outpost taken down by the end of the month. Next week, it is expected to decide whether to approve a government agreement to allow the settlers to remain until 2015.

Lawyer Michael Sfard told the high court Thursday that the deal would set a "dangerous precedent" and open the door for the government to sidestep evictions ordered by the court.

The government says the deal is meant to prevent violence during a forced evacuation.

Migron is one of the largest of dozens of unsanctioned West Bank outposts.