The murder of Sergeant Tomer Hazan at the hands of his friend Nidal Amar, who entered Israel illegally, has once again put a spotlight on the ease in which Palestinians are able to infiltrate Israel from the West Bank.
Chaimon Blumenfeld, the head of the Shaarei Tikva community, which is located near Amar's village of Beit Amin, said a hole in the security fence allows Palestinians to infiltrate Israel by the dozens on foot or by car during all hours of the day.
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Blumenfeld said the Shaarei Tikva hoped that security in the area would be beefed up following the murder of the community's chief of security Lior Farhi a year ago. "We expected the security establishment to seal the fence hermetically," he said.
Farhi was run over while documenting the flow of Palestinians into Israeli territory.
Blumenfeld said the Palestinian infiltrators are aided by "greedy Israeli citizens, both Jews and Arabs, who coordinate their arrival at the fence with the Palestinians and then, when the coast is clear and no IDF patrol is around, begin racing, while driving recklessly, towards the Tel Aviv metropolitan area (with the Palestinians inside their vehicles)."
Blumenfeld said Palestinian also use public transportation to enter Israel illegally. "The fiasco cries to the heavens, and we cry along with it," he said.
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