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The Golan Heights – Israel Tourist Information Official Site

The Golan Heights, Israels mountainous northern region, is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country. There are wonderful scenic treasures alongside lovely nature reserves, historic and archeological sites and attractions for the whole family. Some people call this area the Israeli Texas, because of its size, while others see it as a land of plentiful water sources. The beauty of the Golan is so captivating that some visitors return here again and again to enjoy the sights.

The view from the Golan Heights becomes more and more magnificent as you gradually climb from the plains, at 300 meters above sea level in the south to 1,200 meters in the north. The eastern edge of this region is dotted with a chain of volcanic hills, while the south and west border on basalt cliffs that descend to the Jordan Valley Rift, Lake Kineret and the Yarmuk River.

Scattered throughout the Golan Heights are a wide variety of sites that offer a broad spectrum of activities for tourists and hikers throughout the year. In the winter both amateur and professional skiers flock to the top of the snow-covered Hermon Mountain to enjoy its excellent ski conditions, the snow that piles up on the ground and the pure white landscape. In the summer hikers can enjoy a swim in the many streams, in spring the plains are carpeted with multi-colored flowers and in autumn the pleasant weather attracts hikers to the many wooded trails.

The Golan Heights also offers tourists an authentic cowboy experience at a ranch with horses and cattle. Visitors can go out to the orchards and pick ripe cherries, raspberries and other seasonal fruits.

Bird lovers can watch the eagles nesting in Gamla and on the cliffs of the nature reserve, and see the remains of a Chalcolithic Era settlement (from about 5,500 years ago). There are also burial grounds from 4,000 years ago, a 2,000-year-old Jewish city a monastery with a Byzantine church (from 1,500 years ago) and much more.

The summit of Mount Bental offers a panoramic view of the whole area, while the Sa’ar, Zavitan and Meshushim streams gurgle and froth from the waterfalls along their routes through breathtaking canyons.

Odem Forest, in the northern Golan, is the home of a deer reserve, with many different species. Near here you can also see Rujum al-Hiri (Circle of Ghosts), a Megalithic structure about 5,000 years old that researchers believe was used for ritual purposes, burial or as an astronomy observatory.

The Golan Heights is the only part of Israel with basalt stones, originating from long ago volcanic eruptions. Here in the mountains the nights are chilly all year long.

Visitors to the Golan Heights can sleep in any of the hundreds of rural guest houses, tour the archeological sites (Banias, Gamla, Beit Tsida, ancient Katsrin) and the unique nature reserves, enjoy the boutique wineries, taste the delicacies at the wide variety of restaurants, experience Druze hospitality in one of the Druze villages in the northern Golan and much more.

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That time Philippine troops blew off illegal UN orders at the Golan … – SOFREP (press release) (subscription)

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General Cirilito Lito Sobejana joined the Golan Heights United Nations mission in 2013 as the Chief of Staff of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) responsible for ensuring that Syria and Israel do not violate the Agreement on Disengagement that they signed at the end of the 1973 Yom-Kippur War. For Sobejana and his Philippine peacekeepers, it was far from their first rodeo. The mission had unique challenges, but also some commonalities with the situation they faced back home. My first impression there was for us to act as peacekeepers and maintain the truce between Syria and Israel, that was our primary task, Sobejana told SOFREP. But in doing our job the bigger challenge that we faced was the civil war in Syria. Some rebel groups were fighting against Assad and his administration.

The Golan Heights were at the center of a complicated political and military situation made yet more confusing by the onset of the Syrian Civil War. Since the end of the war in 1973, the Golan Heights had remained a bitter issue. President Assad remarked before the Civil War that it would be remembered forever if he was able to negotiate the Golan Heights back from Israel. He never did. During a 2016 conference for journalists in Damascus, Samir Baridi, a member of the Syrian intelligentsia, described the Golan Heights as, Syrian land occupied by the Zionist entity.

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Lapid: We’ll never surrender the Golan Heights – Arutz Sheva

Yair Lapid visits the Golan

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Yesh Atid chairman and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid toured the Golan Heights Thursday, along with Colonel (reserve) Kobi Marom in a visit hosted by Golan Regional Council chief Eli Malka.

The three visited a lookout point on the border with Syria overlooking the city of Kuneitra, in order to see firsthand the complex reality on Israels northern border, following a series of recent stray-fire incidents in which mortars and gunfire from the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli side of the Golan.

During the visit, Lapid was told of the difficulties faced by residents in the Golan, and was given a briefing regarding the situation on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Regarding the recent wave of stray fire hitting Israel from Syria, Lapid insisted that Israel must respond quickly and decisively to any such incident.

Israel must respond immediately and harshly to every spill-over [from Syria], and they know that. That needs to be the policy and thats how it must remain.

The State of Israel has two strategic goals, Lapid continued. First, we need to ensure that no axis between Iran and Hezbollah be formed in any future talks with the Americans, the Russians, the Jordanians, or even the Syrian military. We wont accept and we wont agree to the idea of an Iranian-Hezbollah axis that reaches Israels border.

The former Finance Minister added that the time had come for Israels sovereignty over the Golan to be recognized, given the chaos in Syria.

The Israeli government has an opportunity here, and [the government] needs to strive to get to a situation where the entire world recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. There is no one to return the Golan to, and we will never give away the Golan, and the world doesnt want us to give back the Golan. The time has come for them to recognize our sovereignty.

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A Syrian Artist From the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights Explores Identity and Humanity in His Work – Global Voices Online

Artist Akram Al-Halabi in his studio apartment in Vienna. May 5, 2017. Photo by AJ Naddaff/SyriaUntold.

This story was originally writtenfor Syria UntoldbyAJ Naddaf, an Arab studies and political science student, French teacher, and research assistant for the Arab Studies chair at Davidson College.It is republished here as part of a partnership agreement.

Akram al Halabi is an artist from the mountainous plateau ofMajdal Shams, the largest of the four remaining Druze-Syrian communities on the Israeli-occupied part of the Syrian Golan Heights. Despite coming from a contentious region, Al-Halabi does not let politics drive his art work. Rather, he utilizes art as a medium to express his search for harmony between nature and humanity.

Born into a family of several artists, Al-Halabis art career began as a child when he would paint and draw under the tutelage of an art teacher from his village. From 1997 until 2000, he studied drawing and painting at Bayt Al-Fann. Then he studied at the Faculty of Fine Art at Damascus University (2000-2005). In 2003, he participated in the summer academy ofDarat al Funun, supervised by ProfessorMarwan Kassab Bashiin Amman, Jordan.

While in school, however, his eyes were set on exhibiting and continuing his art elsewhere. The incessant political pressure of his identity in Israel motivated long hours dedicated to mastering the meticulous techniques of perspective, light and shape behind his award-winning art. His goal was simple: to createart in a place where he wouldn’t have to move from checkpoint to checkpoint.

Upon completing his studies at the Faculty of Fine Art, he became the first from the Golan Heights to win a scholarship to continue his studies in Berlin. Buthe was denied travel by the Syrian government simply because of his uncontrollable statelessness. AfterIsrael officially annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, the year Al-Halabi was born, it began regarding Syrians of the Golan as residents of Israel but not citizens. Al-Halabi had been allowed to study in Damascus even though he was living in Israeli-occupied Golan because of a program supervised by the UN and made possible through an agreement between Syria and Israel.

Snowflakes Installation, Document, 784 Invoice Papers. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author.

Despite the hassle, Al Halabi persevered. In 2007, two years after he graduated, he won another scholarship for his art through theOne World Scholarship of the [Vienna-based] Afro-Asian-Institute,which supports 10-15 students each year from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have a developmental focus in their studies. He finally came to attend the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, and finished his studies with distinction in 2012 with the class of ProfessorErwin Bohatsch.

In addition to his academic study of art, Al-Halabi has participated in sundry exhibitions across Europe. His work has also been collected by many private collectors in the European Union and the Middle East, as well as in The British Museum, London, and theKupferstichkabinettcollectionin Vienna.

Grappling with his own identity in an Austrian context, while at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, he was inspired to travel from 2009to 2012 all over Europe, to Palestineand Israel, and back to his village. Duringthis journey, Al-Halabi asked people, whom he met randomly, to define themselves at the moment of their meeting and to write this definition on individual papers used for invoicing. He called the project Snowflakes, later adding small geometric forms using pliers to create lines in the shape of fingerprints and snowflakes.

Some of the people out of the 800 or so who have participated in Akram al-Halabis Snowflakes project from 2009 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Akram al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author.

With the dye of these carbon papers turning blue upon pressure, each participant received a copy of their work. There are so many people who actually want and need to say something to you, especially old people in parks, he told SyriaUntold. I was motivated because Im born undefined and Im still undefined but I came to understand myself more through understanding others. If you go to the streets and begin talking to strangers, you will be amazed at how some people become your friends and can understand you.

He further commented on the danger of being stuck in certain boxes. For example, many Israelis and Palestinians were unwilling to participate in the project simply because Al-Halabi did not align with their religious ideals.

The open-minded, inquisitive and amicable spirit from which the project was conducted is what best describes Al-Halabis personality. In 2010, while traveling back to his village every summer to see his family, he created a performance project called Love Comes First, in which 200 people from the Golan Heights wrote with their bodies the statement: Love Comes First (in Arabic,Al-Mahabbah Awwalan).

Akram al-Halabis Love Comes First on the football field of Majdal Shams village, occupied Golan Heights, 2010 Photo by Nihad Awaidat andDiala Madah courtesy of Akram al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the authors.

The next year, as the Syrian uprising erupted, Al-Halabi watched with suspense from his television screen. Because I had lived in Damascus and some of the areas most affected by the revolution, I had to produce art. I do not have the power to do anything though. I can just look and show what is happening through another lens, he told SyriaUntold.

Taking gruesome images from his computer that were widely blasted in the media, Al-Halabi conceived the project Cheek, erasing the images by adding English words and Arabic letters around them, sometimes sketching the images most basic outline. I wanted to make a third level of perception, making connections between word and image to the viewer, explained Al-Halabi. His reprints listtraits that appear in the image by their names, simply to remind the audience that they exist: Ear, Eye, Brow, Window, Blood, Nose, Child, Neck, Throat, Chin, Shoulder, Heart, Mother, Fingers, Cheek

Never Forget portrays the Houla Massacre in which 34 women and 49 children were slaughtered by Syrian regime forces. It is part of the Cheek project. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author.

The project represents a story of poetry in space, removing the horror from viral blood-stained pictures. It had been conceived between 2011 and 2013, during the first couple years of Syrias revolution, before the conflict became an all-out proxy war. For many nights he could not sleep until Cheek was completed, and only then was he able to move on with other projects.

Akrab Massacre/Cheek 1, Visual writing, Digital work 2013. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author.

The wide range of mediums and themes in Al-Halabis work are akin to his conception of identity, as something malleable and evolving overtime, like a snowflake. Above all, Al-Halabi believes that geographical identities are meaningless markers for defining not only people, but himself. Whats most important for him is to experience life not as boring or straightforward, but to accept its complexities, and to find harmony in his days. Creating art is one way for him to express this.

Yet the power of engaging in deep conversations, reading good literature, swimming, observing natures beauty (like his fascination with dragonflies), and acting in theatre performances are all expressions that give his life meaning, and make him feel defined. Dont forget to enjoy your day, Al-Halabi told SyriaUntold. Thats more important than this article anyway.

Dragonfly, B4, oil on canvas. 2017 Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author.

In November, Al-Halabi will attend the opening of a group exhibition featuring his works in Japan: Diaspora Nowat the Museum of Fine Arts in Gifu (11/11/2017 8/1/2018). See more of his polyvalent artwork in his portfoliohere.

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Kehoe rules out withdrawal of Irish troops from Golan Heights – Irish Times

I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Alan Betson

The withdrawal of Irish peacekeeping soldiers from the Golan Heights has been ruled out by Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe.

He said no mission came without its dangers and he did not believe a withdrawal would be in the best interests of peacekeeping.

I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis, he added.

The soldiers are serving on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitoring a truce between Syria and neighbouring Israel in place since 1974.

Heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base and mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. Israeli defence forces have carried out retaliatory strikes.

Mr Kehoe told the Dil he had asked Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, General Brennan, to keep him abreast of all ongoing situations there.

He said Ireland was absolutely, steadfastly committed to UN peacekeeping and this informed interactions with all partners at the UN and elsewhere.

Fianna Fil spokeswoman Lisa Chambers said reports suggested a full-scale offensive was taking place in Quneitra, less than 2km from the Irish camp.

In one instance, she said, the mortar fire landed so close to the Irish base that it shook the ground and Irish troops thought they had been hit.

Ms Chambers said informed security sources said at no time were the Irish camp or UN personnel deliberately targeted.

I am concerned that there has been no publicity about this and no official response, she added.

Independent TD Mick Wallace said Ireland was facilitating the ongoing illegal occupation of the Golan Heights by Israel.

The Israeli government recently called for an increase in settlements by 100,000 over the next five years, he added. This is scary.

Independent TD Clare Daly said it was an odd type of ceasefire when it was established fact that Israel had been given material aid to ISIS, the Al-Nusra front and others in the Golan Heights.

Mr Kehoe said he had answered questions from the media last week, adding his paramount concern was to protect the health and safety of Irish personnel.

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Russia Ready To Attack Israel Over Golan Heights Dispute

Russia is prepared to attack Israel in order to help recover the Golan Heights on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Since 1967 when Israel captured the Golan Heights, Syria has expressed its determination to take it back, and it now has the full support from Russian authorities.

According to Wikipedia,

Internationally recognized as Syrian territory, the Golan Heights has been occupied and administered by Israel since 1967.

However, the international community reject Israeli claims to title to the territory and regards it as sovereign Syrian territory.

Awdnews.com reports: Internationally recognized as Syrian territory, the Golan Heights has been occupied and administered by Israel since 1967.

However, the international community reject Israeli claims to title to the territory and regards it as sovereign Syrian territory.

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So LEGALLY the Golan Heights STILL belongs to Syria.

But RIGHTLY and SCRIPTURALLY it belongs to Israel.

Yes, once again, there is going to be a fight over it but this time Russia will be involved and scripture will be fulfilled.

But there is a new twist to the situation, they found huge oil deposits in the Golan heights and this land has now become VERY valuable and Syria is going to want it back.

The Syrian government has been losing a lot of land to ISIS and the rebels and now Russia has come into the picture to reclaim this land for Assad.

Syria has pretty much been destroyed and it is going to take a lot of money to rebuild the country and the huge oil deposits in the Golan Heights worth BILLIONS of dollars can really help out. Syria is definitely going to want this back because legally according to the international community it is theirs anyway.

The problem is this: Israel is NOT going to give up the Golan Heights.

After Russia and company clear ISIS out of Syria all Assad has to do is say, While we are at it, lets get the Golan Heights back also.

Iran, Hezbollah, Sudan, Libya, Turkey and others would just be chompin at the bits to help drive Israel out of the Golan Heights.

And the international community that says it belongs to Syria, has to back Syria in this.

Doesnt look to good for Israel.

Nevertheless, scripture will be fulfilled and it will all go down as the Lord said it would.

In the old testament scriptures, the Golan Heights was known as Bashan.

Now for those if you reading this and you are unfamiliar with the holy scripture, there is a prophecy in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 that tells us about this upcoming battle in the Golan Heights.

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Irish troops are forced to take cover in battle – Independent.ie

Sustained fighting between rival anti-government factions outside Camp Ziouani spilled over into the peacekeepers’ compound as bursts of machine gun fire landed inside.

Soldiers dived for cover in a protective operation known as groundhog and had to stay inside bunkers for several hours until the shooting subsided.

Camp Ziouani is mission headquarters for the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) on the Golan and part of it is used to house the 136 troops from the Defence Forces.

The incidents involving groundhog took place over a 10-day period between June 23 and July 2 as fighting outside the compound between the local groups intensified into a lengthy firefight involving mortars and small arms.

Nobody was injured by the rounds, which hit the camp, although the firing was described as “very close”.

Fighting between the groups erupts regularly between the factions in an area stretching from 1km to 3km from the camp, in what is meant to be a demilitarised zone.

The Irish are part of a UN force, which was sent to the region to monitor a ceasefire agreement between Syria and Israel, and they act as the force reserve component.

The Irish have the best armoured protection in the mission as they supply a quick reaction force (QRF), which goes out on patrol from the camp and can be called in to assist UN personnel in danger elsewhere. The QRF, a 30-strong platoon of troops, must be ready at 15 minutes’ notice to respond to an incident, while the Irish also supply a specialist search team of engineers, who can be deployed to clear an area.

The groups involved in the latest fighting were not identified but were thought to be affiliates of the al-Nusra Front and the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which is said to be linked to Isil.

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Netanyahu seeks Russian buffer zone near Golan Heights – World Israel News

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Netanyahu reportedly asked Putin to support a Russian-US buffer zone near Israels Golan Heights region, to keep out Hezbollah and Iran-backed militias.

Speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that Russia and the United States cooperate on a buffer zone in Syria extending eastward from Israels Golan Heights region, as originally reported by the London Times.

The Kremlin, meanwhile, confirmed the two leaders phone conversation about Syria.

Mr. Putin and Mr. Netanyahu continued their exchange of opinions on topical issues of Russia-Israel cooperation, the Kremlin stated. In the context of joint efforts against international terrorism, they discussed the Middle East settlement and the situation in Syria.

Specifically, Israel is pushing for an arrangement that would keep Hezbollah or other Iranian-backed militias from having a presence in the zone, which would extend approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) beyond the border.

The report added that Israeli officials have been on the sidelines of recent discussions between the US and Russia over the future of Syria.

Netanyahus reported request to Putin precedes US President Donald Trumps first face-to-face meeting with Putin, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. For his part, Trump has expressed opposition to Russias continued support of Iran and Syria.

On Thursday during an address to the people of Poland, Trump urged Russia to cease its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself.

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News

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Getting Golan: Israeli-Levantine Tensions Reach Same Old Heights – The McGill International Review

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assads Alawite regime would not have survived the Sunni revolt that erupted in 2011 without Irans commitment of Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to the battlefields in the Levant. Irans political, economic and military support enabled President Assad to defeat legions of Sunni insurgent militias armed and financed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.Ss Central Intelligence Agency. The House of Assad has been revolutionary Irans closest, most consistent ally in the Arab world and its logistical umbilical cord to Lebanons Hezbollah, the Shite militia Tehran mid-wifed after the 1982 Israeli invasion.

Iran has no intention of withdrawing its troops and militia from Syria now that its ally has defeated the rebels in Aleppo after savage bombing campaigns launched by the Russian air force. Last November, General Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Islamic Republics armed forces, bluntly predicted that Iran will establish a naval base in Syria, akin to the Russian (and once Soviet) naval base at Tartus. This ambition, if implemented, will shift the balance of military power in the Levant and constitute a justification of war for Israel. This was the message Prime Minister Netanyahu communicated to Putin and the Kremlin power-brokers on his recent state visit to Moscow.

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It is doubtful if Russia will or even can restrain Irans military footprint and assets in Syria. For the Kremlin, Iran has/is a current battlefield ally and a lucrative market for Russian arms sales. Moscow knows that the Syrian Army, degraded by battlefield losses and defections, alone cannot hold the war-ravaged cities it has won back from the Sunni rebels without Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters stationed on Syrian soil. An anti-Iranian, pro-Saudi Trump Administration makes the promise of a negotiated Iran withdrawal an unthinkable scenario. Washingtons ability to coordinate with the Kremlin to contain Irans military footprint in Syria has been undermined by the FBIs investigation into the Trump administrations ties to Russia after Putin recklessly subverted the 2016 U.S Presidential Election with his cyber-hacking spies. Moscow has no diplomatic leverage to negotiate with Washington to restrain Iran in Syria.

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President Assad has no choice but to grant Iran the use of the Jableh air force base and permission to import thousands of Iraqi, Lebanese and even Afghan Shia militiamen to supplement the chronic manpower shortage of his Syrian Army. An Iranian naval base in Syria will make it far easier for the Revolutionary Guards to transfer ballistic missiles and rockets to Hezbollah in times of crisis with Israel. The Pentagon can also credibly argue that an Iranian maritime presence in Jablah constitutes an embryonic strategic threat to the US Navys Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.

The Golan Heights, wrested from Syria by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in the 1967 Six Day War, is another flashpoint of a potential international conflict. Hezbollah fighters and Revolutionary Guard troops have made no secret of their desire to increase their military presence in the Northern Golan. This demonstrates both Iran and Hezbollah want to open a new front with Israel on the Golan Heights, in addition to the existing front in South Lebanon. After all, a Revolutionary Guard and six Hezbollah commanders were killed in an Israeli drone strike in the Golan Heights district of Quneitra in January 2015. Iranian intelligence has even sponsored the creation of the Golan Liberation Front, a militia with Lebanese and Iraqi Shia fighters, clear evidence that Tehran wants to escalate its conflict with Israel in the Golan Heights. The Israeli-Lebanese border has been calm for the past decade after the devastation of the July 2006 War between the IDF and Hezbollah. However, if Irans regime creates a new front on the Golan Heights, Israel will unquestionably launch air strikes against Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guard positions on the strategic volcanic highlands that overlook the communities of Galilee in northern Israel.

The Syrian civil war has entered a new, highly dangerous phase a military confrontation between Iran and Israel in the Golan Heights is almost an inevitable scenario. Moscow and Washington are impotent to defuse the latest geopolitical time bomb that has begun to tick in the Middle East. Israel has been unnerved by the deployment of Russian air power and the installation of its S-400 missile system in Syria. Israel no longer can bomb Hezbollah positions in Syria with total impunity and has been unable to prevent Iran from opening another front against the IDF in the Golan Heights. The storm clouds of war have begun to darken again in the Middle East.

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The Golan Heights – Israel Tourist Information Official Site

The Golan Heights, Israels mountainous northern region, is one of the most beautiful and most traveled parts of the country. There are wonderful scenic treasures alongside lovely nature reserves, historic and archeological sites and attractions for the whole family. Some people call this area the Israeli Texas, because of its size, while others see it as a land of plentiful water sources. The beauty of the Golan is so captivating that some visitors return here again and again to enjoy the sights. The view from the Golan Heights becomes more and more magnificent as you gradually climb from the plains, at 300 meters above sea level in the south to 1,200 meters in the north. The eastern edge of this region is dotted with a chain of volcanic hills, while the south and west border on basalt cliffs that descend to the Jordan Valley Rift, Lake Kineret and the Yarmuk River. Scattered throughout the Golan Heights are a wide variety of sites that offer a broad spectrum of activities for tourists and hikers throughout the year. In the winter both amateur and professional skiers flock to the top of the snow-covered Hermon Mountain to enjoy its excellent ski conditions, the snow that piles up on the ground and the pure white landscape. In the summer hikers can enjoy a swim in the many streams, in spring the plains are carpeted with multi-colored flowers and in autumn the pleasant weather attracts hikers to the many wooded trails. The Golan Heights also offers tourists an authentic cowboy experience at a ranch with horses and cattle. Visitors can go out to the orchards and pick ripe cherries, raspberries and other seasonal fruits. Bird lovers can watch the eagles nesting in Gamla and on the cliffs of the nature reserve, and see the remains of a Chalcolithic Era settlement (from about 5,500 years ago). There are also burial grounds from 4,000 years ago, a 2,000-year-old Jewish city a monastery with a Byzantine church (from 1,500 years ago) and much more. The summit of Mount Bental offers a panoramic view of the whole area, while the Sa’ar, Zavitan and Meshushim streams gurgle and froth from the waterfalls along their routes through breathtaking canyons. Odem Forest, in the northern Golan, is the home of a deer reserve, with many different species. Near here you can also see Rujum al-Hiri (Circle of Ghosts), a Megalithic structure about 5,000 years old that researchers believe was used for ritual purposes, burial or as an astronomy observatory. The Golan Heights is the only part of Israel with basalt stones, originating from long ago volcanic eruptions. Here in the mountains the nights are chilly all year long. Visitors to the Golan Heights can sleep in any of the hundreds of rural guest houses, tour the archeological sites (Banias, Gamla, Beit Tsida, ancient Katsrin) and the unique nature reserves, enjoy the boutique wineries, taste the delicacies at the wide variety of restaurants, experience Druze hospitality in one of the Druze villages in the northern Golan and much more.

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That time Philippine troops blew off illegal UN orders at the Golan … – SOFREP (press release) (subscription)

By Jack Murphy 07.13.2017#Expert Analysis Email Share Tweet General Cirilito Lito Sobejana joined the Golan Heights United Nations mission in 2013 as the Chief of Staff of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) responsible for ensuring that Syria and Israel do not violate the Agreement on Disengagement that they signed at the end of the 1973 Yom-Kippur War. For Sobejana and his Philippine peacekeepers, it was far from their first rodeo. The mission had unique challenges, but also some commonalities with the situation they faced back home. My first impression there was for us to act as peacekeepers and maintain the truce between Syria and Israel, that was our primary task, Sobejana told SOFREP. But in doing our job the bigger challenge that we faced was the civil war in Syria. Some rebel groups were fighting against Assad and his administration. The Golan Heights were at the center of a complicated political and military situation made yet more confusing by the onset of the Syrian Civil War. Since the end of the war in 1973, the Golan Heights had remained a bitter issue. President Assad remarked before the Civil War that it would be remembered forever if he was able to negotiate the Golan Heights back from Israel. He never did. During a 2016 conference for journalists in Damascus, Samir Baridi, a member of the Syrian intelligentsia, described the Golan Heights as, Syrian land occupied by the Zionist entity. or Log In Filed Under: Expert Analysis, Featured, Military News Tagged With: Al Nusra, Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, armored vehicles seized, Fijian Peacekeepers, Golan Heights, Headline, hostages, illegal order, ISIS, Islamic State, kidnapping, Philippine Peacekeepers, Prisoners, Ransom, surrender order, Syria, UN peacekeepers, weapons seizure If you liked this article, tell someone about it Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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Lapid: We’ll never surrender the Golan Heights – Arutz Sheva

Yair Lapid visits the Golan PR Yesh Atid chairman and former Finance Minister Yair Lapid toured the Golan Heights Thursday, along with Colonel (reserve) Kobi Marom in a visit hosted by Golan Regional Council chief Eli Malka. The three visited a lookout point on the border with Syria overlooking the city of Kuneitra, in order to see firsthand the complex reality on Israels northern border, following a series of recent stray-fire incidents in which mortars and gunfire from the Syrian civil war struck the Israeli side of the Golan. During the visit, Lapid was told of the difficulties faced by residents in the Golan, and was given a briefing regarding the situation on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Regarding the recent wave of stray fire hitting Israel from Syria, Lapid insisted that Israel must respond quickly and decisively to any such incident. Israel must respond immediately and harshly to every spill-over [from Syria], and they know that. That needs to be the policy and thats how it must remain. The State of Israel has two strategic goals, Lapid continued. First, we need to ensure that no axis between Iran and Hezbollah be formed in any future talks with the Americans, the Russians, the Jordanians, or even the Syrian military. We wont accept and we wont agree to the idea of an Iranian-Hezbollah axis that reaches Israels border. The former Finance Minister added that the time had come for Israels sovereignty over the Golan to be recognized, given the chaos in Syria. The Israeli government has an opportunity here, and [the government] needs to strive to get to a situation where the entire world recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan. There is no one to return the Golan to, and we will never give away the Golan, and the world doesnt want us to give back the Golan. The time has come for them to recognize our sovereignty.

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A Syrian Artist From the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights Explores Identity and Humanity in His Work – Global Voices Online

Artist Akram Al-Halabi in his studio apartment in Vienna. May 5, 2017. Photo by AJ Naddaff/SyriaUntold. This story was originally writtenfor Syria UntoldbyAJ Naddaf, an Arab studies and political science student, French teacher, and research assistant for the Arab Studies chair at Davidson College.It is republished here as part of a partnership agreement. Akram al Halabi is an artist from the mountainous plateau ofMajdal Shams, the largest of the four remaining Druze-Syrian communities on the Israeli-occupied part of the Syrian Golan Heights. Despite coming from a contentious region, Al-Halabi does not let politics drive his art work. Rather, he utilizes art as a medium to express his search for harmony between nature and humanity. Born into a family of several artists, Al-Halabis art career began as a child when he would paint and draw under the tutelage of an art teacher from his village. From 1997 until 2000, he studied drawing and painting at Bayt Al-Fann. Then he studied at the Faculty of Fine Art at Damascus University (2000-2005). In 2003, he participated in the summer academy ofDarat al Funun, supervised by ProfessorMarwan Kassab Bashiin Amman, Jordan. While in school, however, his eyes were set on exhibiting and continuing his art elsewhere. The incessant political pressure of his identity in Israel motivated long hours dedicated to mastering the meticulous techniques of perspective, light and shape behind his award-winning art. His goal was simple: to createart in a place where he wouldn’t have to move from checkpoint to checkpoint. Upon completing his studies at the Faculty of Fine Art, he became the first from the Golan Heights to win a scholarship to continue his studies in Berlin. Buthe was denied travel by the Syrian government simply because of his uncontrollable statelessness. AfterIsrael officially annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, the year Al-Halabi was born, it began regarding Syrians of the Golan as residents of Israel but not citizens. Al-Halabi had been allowed to study in Damascus even though he was living in Israeli-occupied Golan because of a program supervised by the UN and made possible through an agreement between Syria and Israel. Snowflakes Installation, Document, 784 Invoice Papers. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author. Despite the hassle, Al Halabi persevered. In 2007, two years after he graduated, he won another scholarship for his art through theOne World Scholarship of the [Vienna-based] Afro-Asian-Institute,which supports 10-15 students each year from Africa, Asia and Latin America who have a developmental focus in their studies. He finally came to attend the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, and finished his studies with distinction in 2012 with the class of ProfessorErwin Bohatsch. In addition to his academic study of art, Al-Halabi has participated in sundry exhibitions across Europe. His work has also been collected by many private collectors in the European Union and the Middle East, as well as in The British Museum, London, and theKupferstichkabinettcollectionin Vienna. Grappling with his own identity in an Austrian context, while at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna, he was inspired to travel from 2009to 2012 all over Europe, to Palestineand Israel, and back to his village. Duringthis journey, Al-Halabi asked people, whom he met randomly, to define themselves at the moment of their meeting and to write this definition on individual papers used for invoicing. He called the project Snowflakes, later adding small geometric forms using pliers to create lines in the shape of fingerprints and snowflakes. Some of the people out of the 800 or so who have participated in Akram al-Halabis Snowflakes project from 2009 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Akram al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author. With the dye of these carbon papers turning blue upon pressure, each participant received a copy of their work. There are so many people who actually want and need to say something to you, especially old people in parks, he told SyriaUntold. I was motivated because Im born undefined and Im still undefined but I came to understand myself more through understanding others. If you go to the streets and begin talking to strangers, you will be amazed at how some people become your friends and can understand you. He further commented on the danger of being stuck in certain boxes. For example, many Israelis and Palestinians were unwilling to participate in the project simply because Al-Halabi did not align with their religious ideals. The open-minded, inquisitive and amicable spirit from which the project was conducted is what best describes Al-Halabis personality. In 2010, while traveling back to his village every summer to see his family, he created a performance project called Love Comes First, in which 200 people from the Golan Heights wrote with their bodies the statement: Love Comes First (in Arabic,Al-Mahabbah Awwalan). Akram al-Halabis Love Comes First on the football field of Majdal Shams village, occupied Golan Heights, 2010 Photo by Nihad Awaidat andDiala Madah courtesy of Akram al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the authors. The next year, as the Syrian uprising erupted, Al-Halabi watched with suspense from his television screen. Because I had lived in Damascus and some of the areas most affected by the revolution, I had to produce art. I do not have the power to do anything though. I can just look and show what is happening through another lens, he told SyriaUntold. Taking gruesome images from his computer that were widely blasted in the media, Al-Halabi conceived the project Cheek, erasing the images by adding English words and Arabic letters around them, sometimes sketching the images most basic outline. I wanted to make a third level of perception, making connections between word and image to the viewer, explained Al-Halabi. His reprints listtraits that appear in the image by their names, simply to remind the audience that they exist: Ear, Eye, Brow, Window, Blood, Nose, Child, Neck, Throat, Chin, Shoulder, Heart, Mother, Fingers, Cheek Never Forget portrays the Houla Massacre in which 34 women and 49 children were slaughtered by Syrian regime forces. It is part of the Cheek project. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author. The project represents a story of poetry in space, removing the horror from viral blood-stained pictures. It had been conceived between 2011 and 2013, during the first couple years of Syrias revolution, before the conflict became an all-out proxy war. For many nights he could not sleep until Cheek was completed, and only then was he able to move on with other projects. Akrab Massacre/Cheek 1, Visual writing, Digital work 2013. Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author. The wide range of mediums and themes in Al-Halabis work are akin to his conception of identity, as something malleable and evolving overtime, like a snowflake. Above all, Al-Halabi believes that geographical identities are meaningless markers for defining not only people, but himself. Whats most important for him is to experience life not as boring or straightforward, but to accept its complexities, and to find harmony in his days. Creating art is one way for him to express this. Yet the power of engaging in deep conversations, reading good literature, swimming, observing natures beauty (like his fascination with dragonflies), and acting in theatre performances are all expressions that give his life meaning, and make him feel defined. Dont forget to enjoy your day, Al-Halabi told SyriaUntold. Thats more important than this article anyway. Dragonfly, B4, oil on canvas. 2017 Photo courtesy of Akram Al-Halabi; all rights reserved to the author. In November, Al-Halabi will attend the opening of a group exhibition featuring his works in Japan: Diaspora Nowat the Museum of Fine Arts in Gifu (11/11/2017 8/1/2018). See more of his polyvalent artwork in his portfoliohere.

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Kehoe rules out withdrawal of Irish troops from Golan Heights – Irish Times

I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis, Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said. Photograph: Alan Betson The withdrawal of Irish peacekeeping soldiers from the Golan Heights has been ruled out by Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe. He said no mission came without its dangers and he did not believe a withdrawal would be in the best interests of peacekeeping. I believe they are doing very important work there on an ongoing basis, he added. The soldiers are serving on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitoring a truce between Syria and neighbouring Israel in place since 1974. Heavy machine gun fire from the Syrian civil war has landed in the Irish base and mortar rounds have hit just outside the camp. Israeli defence forces have carried out retaliatory strikes. Mr Kehoe told the Dil he had asked Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, General Brennan, to keep him abreast of all ongoing situations there. He said Ireland was absolutely, steadfastly committed to UN peacekeeping and this informed interactions with all partners at the UN and elsewhere. Fianna Fil spokeswoman Lisa Chambers said reports suggested a full-scale offensive was taking place in Quneitra, less than 2km from the Irish camp. In one instance, she said, the mortar fire landed so close to the Irish base that it shook the ground and Irish troops thought they had been hit. Ms Chambers said informed security sources said at no time were the Irish camp or UN personnel deliberately targeted. I am concerned that there has been no publicity about this and no official response, she added. Independent TD Mick Wallace said Ireland was facilitating the ongoing illegal occupation of the Golan Heights by Israel. The Israeli government recently called for an increase in settlements by 100,000 over the next five years, he added. This is scary. Independent TD Clare Daly said it was an odd type of ceasefire when it was established fact that Israel had been given material aid to ISIS, the Al-Nusra front and others in the Golan Heights. Mr Kehoe said he had answered questions from the media last week, adding his paramount concern was to protect the health and safety of Irish personnel.

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Russia Ready To Attack Israel Over Golan Heights Dispute

Russia is prepared to attack Israel in order to help recover the Golan Heights on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Since 1967 when Israel captured the Golan Heights, Syria has expressed its determination to take it back, and it now has the full support from Russian authorities. According to Wikipedia, Internationally recognized as Syrian territory, the Golan Heights has been occupied and administered by Israel since 1967. However, the international community reject Israeli claims to title to the territory and regards it as sovereign Syrian territory. Awdnews.com reports: Internationally recognized as Syrian territory, the Golan Heights has been occupied and administered by Israel since 1967. However, the international community reject Israeli claims to title to the territory and regards it as sovereign Syrian territory. ************ So LEGALLY the Golan Heights STILL belongs to Syria. But RIGHTLY and SCRIPTURALLY it belongs to Israel. Yes, once again, there is going to be a fight over it but this time Russia will be involved and scripture will be fulfilled. But there is a new twist to the situation, they found huge oil deposits in the Golan heights and this land has now become VERY valuable and Syria is going to want it back. The Syrian government has been losing a lot of land to ISIS and the rebels and now Russia has come into the picture to reclaim this land for Assad. Syria has pretty much been destroyed and it is going to take a lot of money to rebuild the country and the huge oil deposits in the Golan Heights worth BILLIONS of dollars can really help out. Syria is definitely going to want this back because legally according to the international community it is theirs anyway. The problem is this: Israel is NOT going to give up the Golan Heights. After Russia and company clear ISIS out of Syria all Assad has to do is say, While we are at it, lets get the Golan Heights back also. Iran, Hezbollah, Sudan, Libya, Turkey and others would just be chompin at the bits to help drive Israel out of the Golan Heights. And the international community that says it belongs to Syria, has to back Syria in this. Doesnt look to good for Israel. Nevertheless, scripture will be fulfilled and it will all go down as the Lord said it would. In the old testament scriptures, the Golan Heights was known as Bashan. Now for those if you reading this and you are unfamiliar with the holy scripture, there is a prophecy in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 that tells us about this upcoming battle in the Golan Heights. Iran: Terror Attacks Were Joint Saudi-Israel-US Project Weather Channel Founder Blasts CNN Over Global Warming Hoax

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Irish troops are forced to take cover in battle – Independent.ie

Sustained fighting between rival anti-government factions outside Camp Ziouani spilled over into the peacekeepers’ compound as bursts of machine gun fire landed inside. Soldiers dived for cover in a protective operation known as groundhog and had to stay inside bunkers for several hours until the shooting subsided. Camp Ziouani is mission headquarters for the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force (UNDOF) on the Golan and part of it is used to house the 136 troops from the Defence Forces. The incidents involving groundhog took place over a 10-day period between June 23 and July 2 as fighting outside the compound between the local groups intensified into a lengthy firefight involving mortars and small arms. Nobody was injured by the rounds, which hit the camp, although the firing was described as “very close”. Fighting between the groups erupts regularly between the factions in an area stretching from 1km to 3km from the camp, in what is meant to be a demilitarised zone. The Irish are part of a UN force, which was sent to the region to monitor a ceasefire agreement between Syria and Israel, and they act as the force reserve component. The Irish have the best armoured protection in the mission as they supply a quick reaction force (QRF), which goes out on patrol from the camp and can be called in to assist UN personnel in danger elsewhere. The QRF, a 30-strong platoon of troops, must be ready at 15 minutes’ notice to respond to an incident, while the Irish also supply a specialist search team of engineers, who can be deployed to clear an area. The groups involved in the latest fighting were not identified but were thought to be affiliates of the al-Nusra Front and the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, which is said to be linked to Isil.

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Netanyahu seeks Russian buffer zone near Golan Heights – World Israel News

Putin greets Netanyahu on March 9, 2017. (YouTube Screenshot) YouTube Screenshot Netanyahu reportedly asked Putin to support a Russian-US buffer zone near Israels Golan Heights region, to keep out Hezbollah and Iran-backed militias. Speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that Russia and the United States cooperate on a buffer zone in Syria extending eastward from Israels Golan Heights region, as originally reported by the London Times. The Kremlin, meanwhile, confirmed the two leaders phone conversation about Syria. Mr. Putin and Mr. Netanyahu continued their exchange of opinions on topical issues of Russia-Israel cooperation, the Kremlin stated. In the context of joint efforts against international terrorism, they discussed the Middle East settlement and the situation in Syria. Specifically, Israel is pushing for an arrangement that would keep Hezbollah or other Iranian-backed militias from having a presence in the zone, which would extend approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) beyond the border. The report added that Israeli officials have been on the sidelines of recent discussions between the US and Russia over the future of Syria. Netanyahus reported request to Putin precedes US President Donald Trumps first face-to-face meeting with Putin, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. For his part, Trump has expressed opposition to Russias continued support of Iran and Syria. On Thursday during an address to the people of Poland, Trump urged Russia to cease its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself. By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News NetanyahuPutinSyriaTrump

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Getting Golan: Israeli-Levantine Tensions Reach Same Old Heights – The McGill International Review

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assads Alawite regime would not have survived the Sunni revolt that erupted in 2011 without Irans commitment of Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters to the battlefields in the Levant. Irans political, economic and military support enabled President Assad to defeat legions of Sunni insurgent militias armed and financed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.Ss Central Intelligence Agency. The House of Assad has been revolutionary Irans closest, most consistent ally in the Arab world and its logistical umbilical cord to Lebanons Hezbollah, the Shite militia Tehran mid-wifed after the 1982 Israeli invasion. Iran has no intention of withdrawing its troops and militia from Syria now that its ally has defeated the rebels in Aleppo after savage bombing campaigns launched by the Russian air force. Last November, General Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Islamic Republics armed forces, bluntly predicted that Iran will establish a naval base in Syria, akin to the Russian (and once Soviet) naval base at Tartus. This ambition, if implemented, will shift the balance of military power in the Levant and constitute a justification of war for Israel. This was the message Prime Minister Netanyahu communicated to Putin and the Kremlin power-brokers on his recent state visit to Moscow. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard, known in Farsi as Pastaran Enkelab, are elite Iranian shock-troopers and the praetorian guard of the Ayatollah http://bit.ly/2nU9hx2 It is doubtful if Russia will or even can restrain Irans military footprint and assets in Syria. For the Kremlin, Iran has/is a current battlefield ally and a lucrative market for Russian arms sales. Moscow knows that the Syrian Army, degraded by battlefield losses and defections, alone cannot hold the war-ravaged cities it has won back from the Sunni rebels without Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters stationed on Syrian soil. An anti-Iranian, pro-Saudi Trump Administration makes the promise of a negotiated Iran withdrawal an unthinkable scenario. Washingtons ability to coordinate with the Kremlin to contain Irans military footprint in Syria has been undermined by the FBIs investigation into the Trump administrations ties to Russia after Putin recklessly subverted the 2016 U.S Presidential Election with his cyber-hacking spies. Moscow has no diplomatic leverage to negotiate with Washington to restrain Iran in Syria. Geographic location of the Golan Heights http://bit.ly/2oIJ01Y President Assad has no choice but to grant Iran the use of the Jableh air force base and permission to import thousands of Iraqi, Lebanese and even Afghan Shia militiamen to supplement the chronic manpower shortage of his Syrian Army. An Iranian naval base in Syria will make it far easier for the Revolutionary Guards to transfer ballistic missiles and rockets to Hezbollah in times of crisis with Israel. The Pentagon can also credibly argue that an Iranian maritime presence in Jablah constitutes an embryonic strategic threat to the US Navys Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. The Golan Heights, wrested from Syria by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in the 1967 Six Day War, is another flashpoint of a potential international conflict. Hezbollah fighters and Revolutionary Guard troops have made no secret of their desire to increase their military presence in the Northern Golan. This demonstrates both Iran and Hezbollah want to open a new front with Israel on the Golan Heights, in addition to the existing front in South Lebanon. After all, a Revolutionary Guard and six Hezbollah commanders were killed in an Israeli drone strike in the Golan Heights district of Quneitra in January 2015. Iranian intelligence has even sponsored the creation of the Golan Liberation Front, a militia with Lebanese and Iraqi Shia fighters, clear evidence that Tehran wants to escalate its conflict with Israel in the Golan Heights. The Israeli-Lebanese border has been calm for the past decade after the devastation of the July 2006 War between the IDF and Hezbollah. However, if Irans regime creates a new front on the Golan Heights, Israel will unquestionably launch air strikes against Hezbollah and Revolutionary Guard positions on the strategic volcanic highlands that overlook the communities of Galilee in northern Israel. The Syrian civil war has entered a new, highly dangerous phase a military confrontation between Iran and Israel in the Golan Heights is almost an inevitable scenario. Moscow and Washington are impotent to defuse the latest geopolitical time bomb that has begun to tick in the Middle East. Israel has been unnerved by the deployment of Russian air power and the installation of its S-400 missile system in Syria. Israel no longer can bomb Hezbollah positions in Syria with total impunity and has been unable to prevent Iran from opening another front against the IDF in the Golan Heights. The storm clouds of war have begun to darken again in the Middle East. Like Loading…

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