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If you are at all interested in the politics of the Middle East - this is a good point to get a vantage point for exactly how small the region is and how strategic control of this area would be for any of the countries....More
The temperatures were pushing 40C, but the mountain wind made it still pleasant. The place makes you understand the recent history of the Golan and its strategic importance. There are preserved bunkers/trenches to explore. It's thought provoking to look out onto both Syria and Israel...More
Looking out on the Golan from this mountain top one sees how strategic and beautiful this area is and key to protecting Israel. Interesting explanations and a unique cafe - "Coffee Annan", meaning the Cafe in the Clouds - but also a pun as it...More
We drive through the old volcano caldera (now a large vineyard) on the way up to the top of Mount Bental. Now has a cafe, some metal artwork and great views north to the mountains and east into Syria. Definitely worth an hour to check...More
From snow covered Mt. Hermon to the deserts of Syria. The UN peacekeeper site, Israeli fortifications, looking down on the kibbutzes, seeing the groves and fields and upper Jordan River emphasizes the importance of the Golan Heights to Israel. The coffee shop has excellent beverage...More
A stunning view with free entry and deep historical significance. After driving up the mountain you can look deep into Syria to the East, to the Hermon mountain in the North, and the Galilee in the West. One looks down on farm fields and orchards...More