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The Strategic Importance Of the Golan Heights

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In the 1950’s I remember seeing a program about Israeli farmers being shot by Syrian gunmen on the Golan Heights. When we entered the Hula lowland and saw the relative position of the Golan heights above them, it was evident what a dire situation it was.

The Golan Heights were captured by Israel in the 1967, six day war. We were driven by David, our guide, right up to the gate signifying the border. It was quite impactful knowing that if we took several steps, that we would be in Syria. Though Syria is a sworn enemy of Israel, women and children will often cross over into Israel seeking medical treatment. Being this close to a hostile border made us realize that war is never too far away in this part of the world. We could easily see the town of Quenitra in Syria and nearby was an Israeli Merkava tank, the most technologically advanced in the world.

Travelling in this northern part of Israel we could see the great rift in the earth’s crust to the west of the Golan. In fact, in this geographical location, the Hula Valley is the extension of the Jordan River, Dead Sea and the Rift valley in Africa. Today Israel has developed the Hula Valley with technological farming advances which have made this the bread basket of the country.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 13:03 Archived in Israel

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