The house and the fence in Giv'on HaHadashah
The house and the fence in Giv'on HaHadashahMoshe Leshem

In some villages and towns in Judea and Samaria, Arab homes adjacent to the community fences underscore the fear, following the October 7th massacre, that they will be used as frontline posts, and even beyond that, in the case of any outbreak of violence.

Col. Moshe Leshem, a resident of Giv'on HaHadashah, spoke to Israel National News - Arutz Sheva about an Arab house that is nothing more than hostile enclave within its village.

For this reason, Leshem is careful to define the possibility of an "outbreak of violence" as a "day of disaster,” explaining that "Giv'on HaHadashah is adjacent to a number of rioting villages, such as Beit Iksa, Bidu, Beit Furik and others. Beit Iksa is literally meters away from Giv'on HaHadashah’s security fence. There is a perimeter road that encircles Jerusalem and is under the supervision of the Border Police, but it is quite amazing and terrible at the same time, that the construction of this fence has created a "sleeve" for accessing the hill in the middle of the village, between the houses," he says, noting that the “sleeve,” as he calls it, was built following a High Court decision on July 31, 2006.

"This is the home of a well-known rioter named Sabri Agraev. He took ownership of the house without permission," says Leshem, noting that Giv'on HaHadashah is located on Jewish land that was acquired legally in 1921. The official documents show that there were about two dunams near the village that belong to that family. In the High Court, he claimed that he owned additional land and he became the flag bearer for the Arabs in the area to expel the Jews."

"Two options were brought up by the High Court. One was to vacate his house, in exchange for compensation, to enable him to build or buy another house in the nearby village, or to erect a fence around his house, like a kind of corridor, from Beit Iksa's houses to his house, that is several dozen meters long, and makes its way into the village," he says. Currently, the Arab's house is less than five meters away from houses in Giv'on HaHadashah, the length of the sleeve is about thirty meters and it is built within a concrete wall at a height of one meter around his house.

The first alternative for replacing the Arab's house with a house in Beit Iksa was not accepted, "because he is representing the Arab struggle for the Land of Israel. Some of his family members have been arrested for acts of terrorism. This is a well-known family of rioters."

"We objected the idea of ​​the sleeve for years and the village became a place of pilgrimage for all the haters of Israel, led by Al-Jazeera, Checkpoint Watch, B'Tselem. They come to this house, hung flags and made speeches, while this Arab told about his misfortunes, how his land was robbed and the new village built on it," he says and continues that, "After the disaster of October 7th, as a local resident and someone who is involved in the security and defense of Giv'on HaHadashah, I contacted many authorities and pointed out the danger of this sleeve, which is actually an open terrorist tunnel. We saw how fences were breached, despite having sensors on them. There are no sensors on this fence and it will take no effort to enter Giv'on HaHadashah from the Beit Iksa house by breaching the existing fence."

“After the outbreak of the war, on October 12, I addressed Minister Ben Gvir, MK Fogel and various IDF officials and suggested that they personally come see this danger. So far no one has come to see the writing on the wall," says Leshem, noting that the village itself does not have the ability to protect itself in times of need. "There is no way of demolishing Sabri's house. Everyone whom we contacted said it was a High Court decision and nothing could be done. Security commanders have changed over the years and no one is too concerned about the matter. Residents of Giv'on HaHadashah are extremely worried about security in the village, but there is not much they can do."

Leshem, who held a senior military position in the past, is careful not to define the sleeve as a frontline post, but as an exposed terrorist tunnel. "The other houses in Beit Iksa, which are a stone's throw away, are frontline posts, and indeed the Arab residents occasionally throw stones and fire fireworks at us. These incidents are handled well by the security forces, but this is not a frontline post. This is an entrance sleeve, like an entrance tunnel about twenty meters wide, and the end of this tunnel is inside Giv'on HaHadashah. Not near Giv'on HaHadashah, but within it. Even with the simplest hostile means, the terrorists could be inside our homes in a very short period of time. Sadly we have already seen what could happen."

"We saw how the fences in the Gaza surrounding communities were breached, despite the sensors, the lookouts and the soldiers on the fence. Here we have none of these, so the disaster may happen and the writing is on the wall," he warns, and calls on the relevant authorities to take action.