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Golan Heights Cast in White Snow

In 2021, Israel's winter cast a beautiful snow blanket on the Golan Heights. The view was spectacular and could be seen from miles.

In this episode of the Beautiful Israel Daily Show, aerial expert photographer Itay Roitman captured the sight's magnificence on camera.

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Middle East analysis
Why Israel's Quietest Border Could Face a 'Massive Eruption'

GOLAN HEIGHTS, Israel – Near the end of the Six-Day War, attention shifted away from Jerusalem. About 120 miles away, Israeli troops took control of the Golan Heights. Over the last 50 years, that battle has proven to be one of the most strategic of the war.

"Whoever sits on the Golan Heights totally dominates this whole region," said Middle East expert and author of Inside the Middle East Avi Melamed.

That's in part because of its proximity to the Sea of Galilee. The Golan Heights shares borders with Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, with Damascus just 40 miles away.

For decades Syria controlled the Golan Heights. Here on the high ground overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Syrian artillery and snipers shot and shelled the Israelis below. Children grew up running to bomb shelters and residents lived under the constant threat of attack.

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Melamed explained why it's so important to understand what happened in the Golan during the Six-Day War.

"So, all along the line of this cliff were Syrian bunkers and military posts and cannons and artilleries. The communities beneath the Golan Heights were at the total mercy of the Syrians," Melamed said.

"Now, you have to remember, the Sea of Galilee is the biggest freshwater body in Israel, providing something like 25 to 30 percent of the water consumption or the fresh water consumption in Israel," Melamed continued.

"In 1948 [and] until 1967 what happened was that the Syrians occupied some strategic areas. One is the area where the Jordan River feeds from the north and enters the Sea of Galilee. The other area was the strip that you see right beneath us actually rubbing shoulders with the water.

"The major result of that was an enormously increasing pressure on Israel – mostly in the context of the water and use of water," Melamed said.

Israel faced a literal uphill battle against the Syrian army – a rocky slope that rose 1,700 feet from the Sea of Galilee. Israel captured the Golan plateau during the last two days of the Six-Day War.

Just one month after the war, Yehuda Harel and his family were among the first Israelis who moved to the Golan Heights. They established the first community there called Merom Golan (the height of the Golan).

"We were afraid that Syria will come back and again they will shell the valley and try to take the water, to take the Jordan," Harel recalled. "We decide[d] to make the first kibbutz in the Golan Heights to convince the government we'll stay here.

"We got the permission from the army to get inside the Golan Heights because it was a military area. And we got a job from them to collect cows that were wild in the area," he continued. They wound up living in what had been the living quarters for Syrian Army officers.

"We are very near to Qunietra [on the Syrian-Israeli border]. I mean about a hundred meters from Qunietra. And we are near to the quarter; we used to live here for almost five years. This is the house that we, with another three families, lived in this house," Harel said.

Eventually, the community moved across the ridge and still farms near the border.

Today, close to 50,000 people – more than 25,500 Israelis and 22,000 Druze – live on the Golan Heights, now known for its apple and cherry orchards and for the vineyards that produce award-winning Israeli wines.

"In the last more than 40 years, the Golan Heights is the most quiet area of Israel," Harel said. "Everything happens on the other side of the border."

But that could be changing.

Asked if he sees any similarities between pre-1967 conditions and now, Melamed said the threat is "more severe."   

"I would say that the strategic threat, as far as Israel is concerned, is today much more severe in comparison to the pre-1967. The major reason for that is that the presence of Iranians and Iranian-backed Shiite militias [are] a stone's throw away from the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire line."

Melamed said Iran wants to establish a new front in the Golan that's similar to those established in southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

"Trying to launch a military front against Israel in the Golan Heights will – could result in – a massive eruption because Israel would not stand for that and rightly so," he said.

On the 49th anniversary of the Six-Day War, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear how Israel views the Golan Heights.

"[The Golan Heights] are for peace. In the stormy region around us, Israel is the stabilizing factor; Israel is the solution, not the problem. The Golan Heights will forever remain in Israel's hands," Netanyahu said at a special cabinet meeting. "The Golan Heights will forever remain in Israel's hands. Israel will never come down from the Golan Heights."

For now, Harel says there's a reason why this area has remained quiet.

"We live here in peace and it's a peace because we are on the Golan Heights," he said. "When we were only in the valley and the enemy was up on the hill, it was not peace. To live in peace, we have to be strong and to live in the higher place."

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Beautiful photos of the Golan Heights that were taken today!

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The Beauty of Israel
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The Golan Heights, northeast Israel. 📸 Chen Kalifa-Levi, Nature and Parks Authority
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Nature
Mt. Hermon is white again! Unexpected April cold weather arrived and snow has been falling on the mountain. The ski site is open to visitors on the last day of the Passover holiday! Source: H Breaking News
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The Beauty of Israel
Stunning fairytale locations in Israel to whisk you away! The Golan Heights and the Galilee The Golan Heights and the Galilee are blessed with many fairytale-like water elements. “Among the streams and waterfalls of the North, you can go and find quiet and mesmerizing little spots that transport you to another place.” Picture 1: Banias waterfall in northern Israel near Mount Hermon Picture 2: Sa’ar Falls in the Golan Heights ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ?? Source: Noam Chen - Photographer
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Stunning fairytale locations in Israel to whisk you away Nimrod Fortress in the Golan Heights “It’s the largest fortress in Israel, and its magnitude and lush green surroundings makes it feel a proper fairytale location. You can use your imagination to see royalty there.” Picture 1: The magnificent Nimrod Fortress in northern Israel Picture 2: The scenic road to Nimrod Fortress in the Golan Heights ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ?? Source: Noam Chen - Photographer
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Photo of the Day
Photo of the Day: Sa'ar Falls A fairytale location, says Israeli photographer Noam Chen, “is someplace you find yourself disconnecting from the troubles of the world, just drowning in the beauty and serenity of the place and forgetting about everything else.” The Golan Heights and the Galilee are blessed with many fairytale-like water elements. “Among the streams and waterfalls of the North, you can go and find quiet and mesmerizing little spots that transport you to another place,” says Chen. This stunning photo captures a rainbow over the Sa’ar Falls, located in the Golan Heights. Source: Israel21C ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ??
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?? Photo of the Day ?? The Golan Heights in northern Israel are home to rolling green hills, diverse wildlife and beautiful scenery! ? Eyal Asaf
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IDF
The IDF prepares for another training drill in the Golan Heights, with Mount Hermon in the background, combining armored forces alongside infantry. ? Zevi Pilzer
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The Beauty of Israel
Rujm el-Hiri Gilgal Refaim, the Golan Heights. The site is more than 5,000 years old, built of more than 42,000 basalt stones that are arranged in circles and is known as the Stonehenge of the Middle East. The reason for the construction of this structure is still unknown and is still mysterious. ? Eyal Asaf ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ??
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WATCH
Do you know the "village of springs" of Israel? More than 40 springs originate within the Druze village of Ein Kinia in the Golan Heights, which recently branded itself as the "Village of Springs." These days, a route is planned that will pass between them, and with a culinary scene that is developing, 20 B & Bs that are already hosts and a truly perfect view - this is no longer a place on the way to Mount Hermon. At an altitude of 750 meters above sea level, it has a 14th-century Ein Kinya with 2,400 Druze inhabitants. The only Christian family left in the village We continued to see some tombs of prophets and sites sacred to the Druze religion. But even before that, a mandatory stop at the only church currently active in the Golan Heights and built in 1925 - Mr. Jerry. In the village there is another church (bearing the name of Peter) and it is older, but only remnants of walls can be seen in it, and a tomb of the priest located near the ruins of the building. Although it is full of garbage, Mugrabi assures that it is a structure for preservation. Let's hope so. ?? IF YOU LOVE ISRAEL - SHARE NEWSRAEL! ?? Source: Walla News
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The Beauty of Israel
A beautiful sunset was photographed this evening at Ein Akev, located in the Golan Heights. Source: H Breaking News
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Animals of the Holy Land
(Nehemia 4:3) “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!” Fox in the snowy Golan Heights. ? Edo Pellach, Nature and Parks Authority
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Israeli Sunsets
Sunset in the snowy Golan Heights, northeast Israel. Source: H Breaking News ? Yarden Esther
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Photo of the Day
The Golan Heights in northern Israel is home to some of the most amazing sights in Israel. With rolling green pastures and powerful mountains and cliffs, Israel's northern eastern half is one of stunning views. ?: Eyal Asaf
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On This Day in History
2014: “Two rockets fired from war-torn Syria struck the Golan Heights in northern Israel today, shortly after a secret visit to the area by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the army said.” Source: Wikipedia
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Breaking news
Prisoner Exchange! Israel has returned to Syrian territory two Syrian shepherds who crossed the border into Israel and were arrested, in exchange for the release of the Israeli citizen imprisoned in Syria Source: Walla News
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The Beauty of Israel
Have you been to the highest waterfall in Israel? Gamla Waterfall in the Golan Heights plunges 167 feet into the canyon below and is home to a population of eagles which is in danger of extinction. ? Sarit Palchi-Miara, Nature and Parks Authority
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Breaking news
Cleared for Publication: An Israeli citizen has crossed the border into Syria and was captured by Syrian authorities. Israel is now negotiating her return. Source: Walla News
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