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Netanyahu: Golan Heights will ‘Forever’ Remain Under Israeli …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses actors of the economic sector during a lunch as part of the 54th Munich Security Conference, on Feb. 16, 2018 in Munich. Global security chiefs and top diplomats attend the annual Munich Security Conference running until Feb. 18, 2018 to discuss Syria, Ukraine and other international conflicts and crises.(Sven Hoppe / DPA / AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday declared that the occupied Golan Heights would forever remain under Israeli control.

At a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of a major security conference in Munich, Netanyahu declared that the Golan Heights would remain in Israels hands forever.

The Syrian Golan Heights has been under Israeli occupation since 1967.

Netanyahu also said Israel would not allow Iran to establish military bases in Syria — a scenario, he said, that Israel would take action to prevent.

The prime ministers assertions come amid mounting tension in the region.

Last Saturday, Israel claimed to have downed an Iranian drone over its territory. Shortly afterward, an Israeli F-16 was shot down over Syria.

The two countries, the statement also said, agree to intensify their cooperation to bring about this result within the framework of established parameters, namely U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva process.

Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

While U.N. officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, Syrian regime officials say the death toll is closer to 10,000.

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The world wants to take the Golan Heights

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

World governments have their sites on the Golan Heights in northern Israel as they seek a diplomatic solution to remove Syrian President Assad. They are trying to negotiate a deal that would give the Israeli portion of the Golan Heights to Syria. Turkey, the US, the UN, and the EU are all onboard.

According to Jeremiah 49:23-27 Turkey is the obvious candidate that will conquer Syria and destroy Damascus. Turkish President Erdogan wants to remove Assad from Damascus and then install a Muslim Brotherhood ruler over Syria.

The Bible compares the Antichrist to the ancient Assyrian kings because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did. The Assyrian kings conquered Syria and then invaded northern Israel. Turkish President Erdogan is ready to do both of these things.

Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Even before the Turkish Army had entered Syria he already had intentions to take the Golan Heights. This Turkish lead invasion into northern Israel is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. It is known as the battle of Gog and Magog. Turkey will lead Iran, Libya, and Sudan into Israel. All of these nations are already fighting in Syria and Iran has already fired missiles into the Golan Heights. Every nation that is mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 is already involved in the Syrian war. God will cause these armies to retreat from Israel using torrential rain, disease, and God will cause these armies to fight against one another.

The world has declared its desire to take the Golan Heights from Israel. Israel has already defended the Golan Heights against Iran (Hezbollah as well as the Iranian Army) and Libya (The Free Syrian Army, also known as the moderate rebels). Turkey will conquer Syria, destroy Damascus, and then lead the forces that are fighting in Syria today into the Golan Heights.

Today there is increased fighting on the Golan Heights. Iran and Hezbollah are fighting Libyan Al-Qaeda rebels (AKA the Free Syrian Army). The Syrian Army is preparing a major offensive.

Ezekiel chapter 38 describes Turkey as it leads Libya, Iran, and Sudan into Israel.

The handwriting is on the wall. Christians and Jews should recognize the events of our day. It is High Time to Awake.

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The Golan Heights

The Golan Heights, more simply the Golan, is Israels most northeastern region. Geographically, the Heights are bordered on the west by a rock cliff that drops 1,700 feet to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River; on the south by the Yarmouk River; on the north by the international border with Lebanon; and on the east by a largely flat plain that stretches into Syria. The Golan Heights themselves are between 400 and 1,700 feet high.

Geologically, the Golan Heights are a plateau and part of a volcanic field that extends northeast almost to Damascus. The entire area is scattered with inactive volcanic cones. Mount Hermon is in the most northern point of Golan Heights but is geologically separate from the volcanic field.

HistoryIn biblical times, the Golan Heights was referred to as Bashan; the word Golan apparently derives from the biblical city of Golan in Bashan (Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 21:27). The area was assigned to the tribe of Manasheh, although the tribe of Dan is also associated with the Golan.

In the First Temple Period (953-586 BCE), the area was contested between the northern Jewish Kingdom of Israel and the Aramean Kingdom, based in Damascus. In the late 6th 5th centuries BCE the region was settled by returning Jewish exiles from Babylonia.

The Golan Heights, along with the rest of the region, came under the control of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE and his successors, the Greeks. In the mid 2nd century BCE, Judah Maccabee and his brothers came to the aid of the local Jewish communities when these areas came under attack by their non-Jewish neighbors. Judahs grandnephew, the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannai, later added the Heights to his kingdom. In those days, the Golans chief city was Gamla. The Jews of Gamla joined their brothers in the Great Revolt against Rome in the 1st century CE, but the revolt failed and the city fell into Roman hands in 67 CE.

The Jewish presence on the Golan Heights was renewed in 1886-1887, when Jews from Tzfat purchased lands in the Golan, and in 1891, when Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres of land there. New Jewish immigrants to Israel established five small communities on these lands, but in 1898 the Turks forced them to leave. Almost 50 years later, in 1947, the lands were seized by the Syrian army.

Although most of the Golan Heights were included within Mandatory Palestine when the Mandate was formally granted in 1922, Britain relinquished the area to France in the Franco-British Agreement in 1923. The Heights became part of Syria upon the termination of the French Mandate in 1944.

After the 1948-1949 War of Independence, the Syrians built extensive fortifications on the Heights, from where they shelled civilian targets in Israel and launched terrorist attacks. Over 140 Israelis were killed and many more were injured in these attacks between 1949 and 1967; heavy property damage was also inflicted.

During the 1967 Six Day War, in response to Syrian attacks, the IDF captured the Golan Heights in just over 24 hours of intense fighting. Nearly all of the Golans Arab inhabitants fled as a result of the war; four Druze villages remain, three on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and one in the northern Golan.

Almost immediately after the war, Israel renewed the Jewish presence on the Golan. KibbutzMerom Golan was founded in July 1967, at the initiative of kibbutzim in the nearby Upper Galilee and Hula Valley. By 1970, there were 12 Jewish communities on the Golan.

On Yom Kippur of 1973, Syrian forces attacked across the 1967 cease-fire line and advanced into the central Golan, almost reaching the edge of the cliff, before being pushed back beyond the 1967 line by the main Israeli counterattack. Israel and Syria signed a Separation of Forces Agreement in May 1974; this agreement remains in force.

The Golan Heights TodayApproximately 18,000 Jews live on the Golan today. They reside in kibbutzim and other agricultural settlements and in the town of Katzrin. Whereas most of the communities form the Golan Heights Regional Council, Katzrin has its own mayor and local council.

Around 17,000 Druze also live in the Golan. The Druze community in Israel is officially recognized as a separate religious entity with its own courts, which have jurisdiction in matters of personal status, and spiritual leadership. Their culture is Arab and their language Arabic, but they opted against mainstream Arab nationalism in 1948 and have since served in the IDF and the Border Police. The community has a special standing among the countrys minority groups, and members of the community have attained high-level positions in political, public, and military spheres.

EconomyThe economy of the Golan Heights is based on both agriculture and industry, including tourism. In the Golan there are 5,000 acres of cultivated agricultural land, of which 4,000 acres are used for fruit orchards. Other crops growing on the Golan include subtropical plantations, wine grapes, various vegetables, and berry fruits. A further 100,000 acres of land are designated for natural pasture for 20,000 heads of cattle and sheep, for both meat and dairy production. The Golans dairy cattle produce approximately 60 million liters of milk per year.

There are approximately 30 industrial enterprises on the Golan, mostly based in the Katzrin Industrial Zone. Some of the better-known industries are the Golan Heights Winery, and Mei Eden, one of Israels biggest mineral water distribution companies.

There is a substantial tourist infrastructure on the Golan, including the Mt. Hermon ski slopes, archaeological sites, hotels, restaurants, guesthouse facilities in many communities, and three Societies for the Protection of Nature Field schools. There are also facilities for jeep and bicycle tours, as well as horseback riding.

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Jewish Home MK: ‘Kerry wanted to evacuate the Golan Heights …

MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) on Wednesday spoke with Arutz Sheva on the issue of construction in Judea and Samaria, the debate over the Supermarket Law and MK Yair Lapid’s threats to turn to the Supreme Court to thwart Knesset legislation.

“Those who travel in Judea and Samaria see that there is construction, maybe not enough construction, but we are building and will continue to build,” Yogev said, adding, “We are releasing construction plans and we will release more construction plans.

“We concluded eight years of Obama’s construction freeze, which were eight difficult years. The prime minister was required to withstand very difficult pressures, some of which I just recently found out about, such as when John Kerry sought to evacuate the entire Golan Heights and turn it into a Syrian-controlled nature reserve. There was also pressure on Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Now the pressure is slowly being alleviated, he continued.

Yogev made clear, however, that the current pace of construction in Judea and Samaria is insufficient. “I am not satisfied with what we are building, definitely not. We are constantly calling for the planning of more construction and the approval of additional building plans,” he said, adding that by the end of January, both the government and the Planning and Building Committee will approve another 3,000 housing units.

“The people of Israel are growing stronger in their country. The decision of the Likud Central Committee, which is narrowing the gaps from the Jewish Home, is welcomed as well, and I hope that with the help of God, together with the additional construction, we will eventually reach full sovereignty between the sea and the Jordan,” said Yogev.

He stressed that there is no construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, but noted that there is still much to be done. “We only have eight Knesset seats in the Jewish Home, and when we grow and win more, I hope and assume that our influence will be greater and we will succeed in influencing larger construction. At the end of the day, its what the people of Israel decide.

Regarding the Supermarket Bill, Yogev predicted that the bill would be approved. A vote on the bill was postponed earlier this week when no majority for it could be found.

“This law is solely about maintaining the status quo on keeping the Sabbath. It is important that we insist that there be no desecration of Shabbat through commerce. We permitted restaurants and coffee shops [to open on Shabbat], but certainly not for full-fledged shopping for clothes and anything else on Shabbat, he said.

Yair Lapid is threatening to appeal to the Supreme Court if the law is approved, what do you think?”Lapid is trying to bypass Israeli democracy. Israeli democracy is the representation in the Knesset which makes the decisions. His going to the Supreme Court is in essence bypassing democracy. I am fond of Yair Lapid, but his party is also not democratic. He is the one who determines its members, while we are a party of primaries and elections.”

As for the possibility that the Supreme Court would accept a petition and nullify a law, Yogev said, “Ultimately, the Knesset will have to understand that in this tension between the judiciary authority and the legislative branch, which is the representative of the people, we need to give preference to the legislative branch and accept the bill that we legislated. In all democratic countries there is no such thing that the Supreme Court annuls the legislative act of the legislator.

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Assad regains control as Syrian rebels abandon area bordering …

Dozens of Syrian rebels and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces bordering the Israeli Golan Heights early Saturday in part of a deal to clear yet another district of anti-regime insurgents.

The Beit Jinn area was the last significant rebel-held enclave southwest of Damascus. Its surrender allowed President Bashar Assad to reassert control over the Syrian Golan.

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The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said 153 people, including 106 fighters, left the village of Beit Jinn early Saturday toward the southern province of Daraa.

The Ibaa news agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee said six buses carrying fighters and their families arrived in rebel-held parts of Daraa province.

On Friday, Syrias state news agency SANA said some 300 al-Qaeda-linked militants and their families would be sent to Daraa and the northwestern province of Idlib.

Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, Sept. 21, 2016 (Syrian Presidency via AP)

The evacuation allows the government to reassert control over Beit Jinn near the Golan Heights, captured by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War.

On Tuesday Reuters had reported that the besieged rebels had been ordered by surrounding regime forces to surrender or face defeat.

They were given 72 hours to surrender with fighters to go to [rebel-held] Idlib or those who want to stay have to reach a settlement, said a Free Syrian Arm official said.

Rebels situated in Beit Jinn faced Syrian military forces as well as Iranian-backed militias and the Hezbollah terrorist group. Fierce fighting had been reported in the area in recent days as the forces backing President Bashar Assad advanced on the rebels.

In this photo released on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government forces stand on their checkpoint as busses, background, wait to evacuate Syrian rebels and their families from Beit Jinn village, in the southern province of Daraa, Syria. (SANA via AP)

Israel has publicly warned against the accumulation of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces at its border. Iran has arranged for thousands of militiamen from across the region to fight on behalf of Assads government and has sent top commanders to direct its own Revolutionary Guards in the country as well.

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Tzfat (Safed) & Golan Heights Day Tour – Tour Plan Israel

Tour HighlightsSafed (in Hebrew Tzefat),Kabbalah Center,Ari Hakadosh Synagogue,Artists’ Quarter,Golan Heights,Syrian bunkers,panoramic view of the Hulla Valley, Golan Winery.

Tzefat & the Golan HeightsA Day of Jewish Mysticism in the Galilee

Tour is guided in English

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Included pick up / drop off major hotels, tourism licensed vehicle, licensed guide, entry fees.

Not included Lunch, drinks, tips, extras & personal expenses.

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Travel from Tel Aviv* north along the coastal road, then east to Safed. Known in Hebrew as Tzefat, it is one the four Jewish Holy Cities & a world know Kabbalah Center. Visit the Ari Hakadosh Synagogue, where the “Shulchan Aruch” was compiled by Joseph Karo, stroll through the local Artists’ Quarter and tour the Visitors Center.

From Safed travel east, across the Upper Jordan River and ascend the Golan Heights. The Golan plateau is bordered by Israel, Lebanon, Jordan & mostly with Syria. Visit Gadot Observation Point, located over an abandoned Syrian trench. Hear the stories of the Golan battles& enjoy a panoramic view of the Hulla Valley. Time permitting visit a Golan Winery.

Estimated return: in JLM ~19:00 pm / in TLV ~18:30 pm

* For those coming from Jerusalem: Pick up & transfer to Tel Aviv, to wait ina hotel’slobby, whilepick up round takes place. Thank you for your patience.

Bring alongHat, water, comfortable walking shoes & snacks for the way (Nov. to Mar. warm clothes)

Remarks Pick up from major hotels in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Optional pick up in TLV & drop off in JLM or v.s. Lunch is not included(Break provided to purchaselunch)

Modest dress code (covered shoulders & knees)

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Golan Heights – Wikitravel

Golan Heights

The Golan Heights is a rocky plateau at the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains, and straddles the borders of Syria and Israel. Israel currently occupies about two-thirds of the territory, which it seized in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981, while Syria holds the remaining one-third.

All products offered to the guests are handmade and the owners are those hosting the visitors.

Two-thirds of the Golan Heights has been under Israeli occupation since 1967, when Israel seized the area during the Six-Day War. The remainder is under Syrian control. Following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel returned another 5% of the land to Syria. Israel subsequently began building settlements in the area, and granted the Syrian Druze inhabitants permanent residency status. In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights.

The Israel-Syria border runs through the Golan Heights along an area known as the Purple Line. This line is patrolled by a United Nations peacekeeping force. No one is allowed to cross the border without special permission, though there is a UN-operated border crossing.

Hebrew is spoken among the Jewish inhabitants in the towns and kibbutzim. Arabic is also spoken in the region mainly by the Arabs and Druze living there, although many of them can also speak Hebrew and or English.

Public transport: there are a few daily buses from Tiberias, Hatzor and Kiryat Shmona to the Golan Hights. Services are few and far between due to the low population. Golanbus operates public transport from/to the Golan Heights, available only in hebrew though[3].

Private transportation: From route 90, there are four road “ascents” to the Golan Heights.

Hitchhiking is more accepted here than elsewhere in Israel, but you can still wait a long time to get to many destinations.

This area, due to low population, has one of the worst public transport services in the entire country, with some bus stops receiving as few as two or three buses daily.

You might try hitch-hiking, but it’s not recommended, either here or anywhere in the country. You can rent a car as well, but only from few rental services.

The Golan is mostly a rural area, and as such it is pretty much crime free. However, the Golan is also one of the world’s largest military barriers, and while it offers many hiking options, several basic safety rules should always be followed:

The golden rule is: Take as many words of advice as possible regarding safety from any local guidebook or people. If in doubt, keep safe!

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Abbas’ Fatah Movement Distributes High School Planners Bearing Images of Worst Terrorists In Israel’s History

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JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party recently distributed high school planners to Palestinian youth featuring the arch terrorists behind the Black September terror group responsible for the Munich massacre.

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Dina Powell Spoke at Gala that Honored Palestinian Extremist, Conspiracy Theorist

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NEW YORK — Dina Habib Powell, the Trump administration’s Deputy National Security Advisor, was a featured speaker at the gala dinner of a George Soros-financed group that honored a notoriously anti-Israel Palestinian legislator.

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Netanyahu: Golan Heights will ‘Forever’ Remain Under Israeli …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses actors of the economic sector during a lunch as part of the 54th Munich Security Conference, on Feb. 16, 2018 in Munich. Global security chiefs and top diplomats attend the annual Munich Security Conference running until Feb. 18, 2018 to discuss Syria, Ukraine and other international conflicts and crises.(Sven Hoppe / DPA / AFP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday declared that the occupied Golan Heights would forever remain under Israeli control. At a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of a major security conference in Munich, Netanyahu declared that the Golan Heights would remain in Israels hands forever. The Syrian Golan Heights has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. Netanyahu also said Israel would not allow Iran to establish military bases in Syria — a scenario, he said, that Israel would take action to prevent. The prime ministers assertions come amid mounting tension in the region. Last Saturday, Israel claimed to have downed an Iranian drone over its territory. Shortly afterward, an Israeli F-16 was shot down over Syria. The two countries, the statement also said, agree to intensify their cooperation to bring about this result within the framework of established parameters, namely U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva process. Syria has been locked in a devastating civil war since March 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity. While U.N. officials say hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, Syrian regime officials say the death toll is closer to 10,000. This article has been adapted from its original source.

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The world wants to take the Golan Heights

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: World governments have their sites on the Golan Heights in northern Israel as they seek a diplomatic solution to remove Syrian President Assad. They are trying to negotiate a deal that would give the Israeli portion of the Golan Heights to Syria. Turkey, the US, the UN, and the EU are all onboard. According to Jeremiah 49:23-27 Turkey is the obvious candidate that will conquer Syria and destroy Damascus. Turkish President Erdogan wants to remove Assad from Damascus and then install a Muslim Brotherhood ruler over Syria. The Bible compares the Antichrist to the ancient Assyrian kings because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did. The Assyrian kings conquered Syria and then invaded northern Israel. Turkish President Erdogan is ready to do both of these things. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. Even before the Turkish Army had entered Syria he already had intentions to take the Golan Heights. This Turkish lead invasion into northern Israel is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. It is known as the battle of Gog and Magog. Turkey will lead Iran, Libya, and Sudan into Israel. All of these nations are already fighting in Syria and Iran has already fired missiles into the Golan Heights. Every nation that is mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 is already involved in the Syrian war. God will cause these armies to retreat from Israel using torrential rain, disease, and God will cause these armies to fight against one another. The world has declared its desire to take the Golan Heights from Israel. Israel has already defended the Golan Heights against Iran (Hezbollah as well as the Iranian Army) and Libya (The Free Syrian Army, also known as the moderate rebels). Turkey will conquer Syria, destroy Damascus, and then lead the forces that are fighting in Syria today into the Golan Heights. Today there is increased fighting on the Golan Heights. Iran and Hezbollah are fighting Libyan Al-Qaeda rebels (AKA the Free Syrian Army). The Syrian Army is preparing a major offensive. Ezekiel chapter 38 describes Turkey as it leads Libya, Iran, and Sudan into Israel. The handwriting is on the wall. Christians and Jews should recognize the events of our day. It is High Time to Awake. Related

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The Golan Heights The Golan Heights, more simply the Golan, is Israels most northeastern region. Geographically, the Heights are bordered on the west by a rock cliff that drops 1,700 feet to the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River; on the south by the Yarmouk River; on the north by the international border with Lebanon; and on the east by a largely flat plain that stretches into Syria. The Golan Heights themselves are between 400 and 1,700 feet high. Geologically, the Golan Heights are a plateau and part of a volcanic field that extends northeast almost to Damascus. The entire area is scattered with inactive volcanic cones. Mount Hermon is in the most northern point of Golan Heights but is geologically separate from the volcanic field. HistoryIn biblical times, the Golan Heights was referred to as Bashan; the word Golan apparently derives from the biblical city of Golan in Bashan (Deuteronomy 4:43, Joshua 21:27). The area was assigned to the tribe of Manasheh, although the tribe of Dan is also associated with the Golan. In the First Temple Period (953-586 BCE), the area was contested between the northern Jewish Kingdom of Israel and the Aramean Kingdom, based in Damascus. In the late 6th 5th centuries BCE the region was settled by returning Jewish exiles from Babylonia. The Golan Heights, along with the rest of the region, came under the control of Alexander the Great in 332 BCE and his successors, the Greeks. In the mid 2nd century BCE, Judah Maccabee and his brothers came to the aid of the local Jewish communities when these areas came under attack by their non-Jewish neighbors. Judahs grandnephew, the Hasmonean King Alexander Jannai, later added the Heights to his kingdom. In those days, the Golans chief city was Gamla. The Jews of Gamla joined their brothers in the Great Revolt against Rome in the 1st century CE, but the revolt failed and the city fell into Roman hands in 67 CE. The Jewish presence on the Golan Heights was renewed in 1886-1887, when Jews from Tzfat purchased lands in the Golan, and in 1891, when Baron Rothschild purchased approximately 18,000 acres of land there. New Jewish immigrants to Israel established five small communities on these lands, but in 1898 the Turks forced them to leave. Almost 50 years later, in 1947, the lands were seized by the Syrian army. Although most of the Golan Heights were included within Mandatory Palestine when the Mandate was formally granted in 1922, Britain relinquished the area to France in the Franco-British Agreement in 1923. The Heights became part of Syria upon the termination of the French Mandate in 1944. After the 1948-1949 War of Independence, the Syrians built extensive fortifications on the Heights, from where they shelled civilian targets in Israel and launched terrorist attacks. Over 140 Israelis were killed and many more were injured in these attacks between 1949 and 1967; heavy property damage was also inflicted. During the 1967 Six Day War, in response to Syrian attacks, the IDF captured the Golan Heights in just over 24 hours of intense fighting. Nearly all of the Golans Arab inhabitants fled as a result of the war; four Druze villages remain, three on the slopes of Mt. Hermon and one in the northern Golan. Almost immediately after the war, Israel renewed the Jewish presence on the Golan. KibbutzMerom Golan was founded in July 1967, at the initiative of kibbutzim in the nearby Upper Galilee and Hula Valley. By 1970, there were 12 Jewish communities on the Golan. On Yom Kippur of 1973, Syrian forces attacked across the 1967 cease-fire line and advanced into the central Golan, almost reaching the edge of the cliff, before being pushed back beyond the 1967 line by the main Israeli counterattack. Israel and Syria signed a Separation of Forces Agreement in May 1974; this agreement remains in force. The Golan Heights TodayApproximately 18,000 Jews live on the Golan today. They reside in kibbutzim and other agricultural settlements and in the town of Katzrin. Whereas most of the communities form the Golan Heights Regional Council, Katzrin has its own mayor and local council. Around 17,000 Druze also live in the Golan. The Druze community in Israel is officially recognized as a separate religious entity with its own courts, which have jurisdiction in matters of personal status, and spiritual leadership. Their culture is Arab and their language Arabic, but they opted against mainstream Arab nationalism in 1948 and have since served in the IDF and the Border Police. The community has a special standing among the countrys minority groups, and members of the community have attained high-level positions in political, public, and military spheres. EconomyThe economy of the Golan Heights is based on both agriculture and industry, including tourism. In the Golan there are 5,000 acres of cultivated agricultural land, of which 4,000 acres are used for fruit orchards. Other crops growing on the Golan include subtropical plantations, wine grapes, various vegetables, and berry fruits. A further 100,000 acres of land are designated for natural pasture for 20,000 heads of cattle and sheep, for both meat and dairy production. The Golans dairy cattle produce approximately 60 million liters of milk per year. There are approximately 30 industrial enterprises on the Golan, mostly based in the Katzrin Industrial Zone. Some of the better-known industries are the Golan Heights Winery, and Mei Eden, one of Israels biggest mineral water distribution companies. There is a substantial tourist infrastructure on the Golan, including the Mt. Hermon ski slopes, archaeological sites, hotels, restaurants, guesthouse facilities in many communities, and three Societies for the Protection of Nature Field schools. There are also facilities for jeep and bicycle tours, as well as horseback riding. For more information, please fill out our online contact form or call 1.800.2.ISRAEL (1.800.247.7235).

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Jewish Home MK: ‘Kerry wanted to evacuate the Golan Heights …

MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) on Wednesday spoke with Arutz Sheva on the issue of construction in Judea and Samaria, the debate over the Supermarket Law and MK Yair Lapid’s threats to turn to the Supreme Court to thwart Knesset legislation. “Those who travel in Judea and Samaria see that there is construction, maybe not enough construction, but we are building and will continue to build,” Yogev said, adding, “We are releasing construction plans and we will release more construction plans. “We concluded eight years of Obama’s construction freeze, which were eight difficult years. The prime minister was required to withstand very difficult pressures, some of which I just recently found out about, such as when John Kerry sought to evacuate the entire Golan Heights and turn it into a Syrian-controlled nature reserve. There was also pressure on Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Now the pressure is slowly being alleviated, he continued. Yogev made clear, however, that the current pace of construction in Judea and Samaria is insufficient. “I am not satisfied with what we are building, definitely not. We are constantly calling for the planning of more construction and the approval of additional building plans,” he said, adding that by the end of January, both the government and the Planning and Building Committee will approve another 3,000 housing units. “The people of Israel are growing stronger in their country. The decision of the Likud Central Committee, which is narrowing the gaps from the Jewish Home, is welcomed as well, and I hope that with the help of God, together with the additional construction, we will eventually reach full sovereignty between the sea and the Jordan,” said Yogev. He stressed that there is no construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, but noted that there is still much to be done. “We only have eight Knesset seats in the Jewish Home, and when we grow and win more, I hope and assume that our influence will be greater and we will succeed in influencing larger construction. At the end of the day, its what the people of Israel decide. Regarding the Supermarket Bill, Yogev predicted that the bill would be approved. A vote on the bill was postponed earlier this week when no majority for it could be found. “This law is solely about maintaining the status quo on keeping the Sabbath. It is important that we insist that there be no desecration of Shabbat through commerce. We permitted restaurants and coffee shops [to open on Shabbat], but certainly not for full-fledged shopping for clothes and anything else on Shabbat, he said. Yair Lapid is threatening to appeal to the Supreme Court if the law is approved, what do you think?”Lapid is trying to bypass Israeli democracy. Israeli democracy is the representation in the Knesset which makes the decisions. His going to the Supreme Court is in essence bypassing democracy. I am fond of Yair Lapid, but his party is also not democratic. He is the one who determines its members, while we are a party of primaries and elections.” As for the possibility that the Supreme Court would accept a petition and nullify a law, Yogev said, “Ultimately, the Knesset will have to understand that in this tension between the judiciary authority and the legislative branch, which is the representative of the people, we need to give preference to the legislative branch and accept the bill that we legislated. In all democratic countries there is no such thing that the Supreme Court annuls the legislative act of the legislator.

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January 24, 2018   Posted in: Golan Heights  Comments Closed

Assad regains control as Syrian rebels abandon area bordering …

Dozens of Syrian rebels and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces bordering the Israeli Golan Heights early Saturday in part of a deal to clear yet another district of anti-regime insurgents. The Beit Jinn area was the last significant rebel-held enclave southwest of Damascus. Its surrender allowed President Bashar Assad to reassert control over the Syrian Golan. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top storiesFree Sign Up The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said 153 people, including 106 fighters, left the village of Beit Jinn early Saturday toward the southern province of Daraa. The Ibaa news agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee said six buses carrying fighters and their families arrived in rebel-held parts of Daraa province. On Friday, Syrias state news agency SANA said some 300 al-Qaeda-linked militants and their families would be sent to Daraa and the northwestern province of Idlib. Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, Sept. 21, 2016 (Syrian Presidency via AP) The evacuation allows the government to reassert control over Beit Jinn near the Golan Heights, captured by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War. On Tuesday Reuters had reported that the besieged rebels had been ordered by surrounding regime forces to surrender or face defeat. They were given 72 hours to surrender with fighters to go to [rebel-held] Idlib or those who want to stay have to reach a settlement, said a Free Syrian Arm official said. Rebels situated in Beit Jinn faced Syrian military forces as well as Iranian-backed militias and the Hezbollah terrorist group. Fierce fighting had been reported in the area in recent days as the forces backing President Bashar Assad advanced on the rebels. In this photo released on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government forces stand on their checkpoint as busses, background, wait to evacuate Syrian rebels and their families from Beit Jinn village, in the southern province of Daraa, Syria. (SANA via AP) Israel has publicly warned against the accumulation of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces at its border. Iran has arranged for thousands of militiamen from across the region to fight on behalf of Assads government and has sent top commanders to direct its own Revolutionary Guards in the country as well.

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December 30, 2017   Posted in: Golan Heights  Comments Closed

Tzfat (Safed) & Golan Heights Day Tour – Tour Plan Israel

Tour HighlightsSafed (in Hebrew Tzefat),Kabbalah Center,Ari Hakadosh Synagogue,Artists’ Quarter,Golan Heights,Syrian bunkers,panoramic view of the Hulla Valley, Golan Winery. Tzefat & the Golan HeightsA Day of Jewish Mysticism in the Galilee Tour is guided in English Additional LanguagesSpanish Not available French Not availableGerman Not available Included pick up / drop off major hotels, tourism licensed vehicle, licensed guide, entry fees. Not included Lunch, drinks, tips, extras & personal expenses. Discount Deal Book 3 Israel Daily ToursGet 5% off Rates Valid till Feb. 28th 2018 Time Economy Business* 07:20 $181 N/A 06:00 $196 N/A 07:00 $181 N/A Child age 5-12 years 10% discount Child under 5 years cannot join the tour Travel from Tel Aviv* north along the coastal road, then east to Safed. Known in Hebrew as Tzefat, it is one the four Jewish Holy Cities & a world know Kabbalah Center. Visit the Ari Hakadosh Synagogue, where the “Shulchan Aruch” was compiled by Joseph Karo, stroll through the local Artists’ Quarter and tour the Visitors Center. From Safed travel east, across the Upper Jordan River and ascend the Golan Heights. The Golan plateau is bordered by Israel, Lebanon, Jordan & mostly with Syria. Visit Gadot Observation Point, located over an abandoned Syrian trench. Hear the stories of the Golan battles& enjoy a panoramic view of the Hulla Valley. Time permitting visit a Golan Winery. Estimated return: in JLM ~19:00 pm / in TLV ~18:30 pm * For those coming from Jerusalem: Pick up & transfer to Tel Aviv, to wait ina hotel’slobby, whilepick up round takes place. Thank you for your patience. Bring alongHat, water, comfortable walking shoes & snacks for the way (Nov. to Mar. warm clothes) Remarks Pick up from major hotels in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem Optional pick up in TLV & drop off in JLM or v.s. Lunch is not included(Break provided to purchaselunch) Modest dress code (covered shoulders & knees)

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December 17, 2017   Posted in: Golan Heights  Comments Closed

Golan Heights – Wikitravel

Golan Heights The Golan Heights is a rocky plateau at the southern end of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains, and straddles the borders of Syria and Israel. Israel currently occupies about two-thirds of the territory, which it seized in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981, while Syria holds the remaining one-third. All products offered to the guests are handmade and the owners are those hosting the visitors. Two-thirds of the Golan Heights has been under Israeli occupation since 1967, when Israel seized the area during the Six-Day War. The remainder is under Syrian control. Following the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel returned another 5% of the land to Syria. Israel subsequently began building settlements in the area, and granted the Syrian Druze inhabitants permanent residency status. In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights. The Israel-Syria border runs through the Golan Heights along an area known as the Purple Line. This line is patrolled by a United Nations peacekeeping force. No one is allowed to cross the border without special permission, though there is a UN-operated border crossing. Hebrew is spoken among the Jewish inhabitants in the towns and kibbutzim. Arabic is also spoken in the region mainly by the Arabs and Druze living there, although many of them can also speak Hebrew and or English. Public transport: there are a few daily buses from Tiberias, Hatzor and Kiryat Shmona to the Golan Hights. Services are few and far between due to the low population. Golanbus operates public transport from/to the Golan Heights, available only in hebrew though[3]. Private transportation: From route 90, there are four road “ascents” to the Golan Heights. Hitchhiking is more accepted here than elsewhere in Israel, but you can still wait a long time to get to many destinations. This area, due to low population, has one of the worst public transport services in the entire country, with some bus stops receiving as few as two or three buses daily. You might try hitch-hiking, but it’s not recommended, either here or anywhere in the country. You can rent a car as well, but only from few rental services. The Golan is mostly a rural area, and as such it is pretty much crime free. However, the Golan is also one of the world’s largest military barriers, and while it offers many hiking options, several basic safety rules should always be followed: The golden rule is: Take as many words of advice as possible regarding safety from any local guidebook or people. If in doubt, keep safe!

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Abbas’ Fatah Movement Distributes High School Planners Bearing Images of Worst Terrorists In Israel’s History

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party recently distributed high school planners to Palestinian youth featuring the arch terrorists behind the Black September terror group responsible for the Munich massacre.

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October 7, 2017   Posted in: Golan Heights  Comments Closed

Dina Powell Spoke at Gala that Honored Palestinian Extremist, Conspiracy Theorist

NEW YORK — Dina Habib Powell, the Trump administration’s Deputy National Security Advisor, was a featured speaker at the gala dinner of a George Soros-financed group that honored a notoriously anti-Israel Palestinian legislator.

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September 29, 2017   Posted in: Golan Heights  Comments Closed


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