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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.

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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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