Israelis are now permitted to occupy the site of the devastated town of Homesh in northern Samaria thanks to a directive signed by Yehuda Fuchs, commander of the IDF’s Central Command.
The new order is based on a law passed by the Knesset two months ago that repealed the Disengagement Law on Northern Samaria.
The directive opened the door for the community decimated in 2005 to be rebuilt, allowing the yeshiva to continue its studies there.
The move was applauded by Religious Zionism’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who said, “We promised to recognize the continuation of Torah study in the Yeshiva in Homesh, and we are keeping it.”
The commanding general in the area issued a parallel order to lift the ban on entering Homesh and annex the community to the boundaries of the Samaria Regional Council to replan the yeshiva after the Knesset repealed the secession law. I appreciate Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, for helping to normalize the yeshiva.
The Chomesh yeshiva will be relocated a few meters from its existing location following the signing of the order to place it on State land rather than disputed land as in its former area.
Despite the OC Central Command’s instruction, there is still no direction for reconstructing the three other destroyed Jenin-area communities—Sa-Nur, Ganim, and Kadim.
Due to their proximity to hostile Arab villages, the IDF worries that these locations would pose serious security challenges.