Route 443 checkpoint
Route 443 checkpoint Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has filed an official request to Israel to establish a security base between the villages of Beit Ur al-Foka, Beit Ur al-Tahta and Bitunia, Arutz Sheva has learned.

The base is to serve the PA's "Preventive Security" arm, which is the equivalent of Israel's Shin Bet.

The area in question is on high ground, which controls Route 443 and would also make a good position for observing and firing at Modiin, which is located nearby, if hostilities were to flare up as they did in the Terror War of 2000-2005.

The request was handed in to the Israeli Civil Administration and to the IDF. The area being requested by the PA is part of Area C, which is under Israeli security and civilian control.

The IDF and Civil Administration have not yet decided on their position in the matter.