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  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    2 weeks ago

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

  • U.N. Golan peacekeepers pull back from four positions amid tension

    2 weeks ago

    U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights are pulling out from its positions and a camp on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Israeli border due to a severe deterioration of security in the region, the United Nations said on Monday.

    The decision to pull some blue-helmeted troops back to...

  • Rocket fired in Syria lands in Israeli Golan

    2 weeks ago

    A rocket fired in Syria as part of that country’s war struck Israel near the Golan Heights border.

    No injuries or damage were reported from the rocket, which hit by the Quneitra crossing on Monday morning.

    On Friday night a mortar shell struck Israel on the Golan, where a...

  • Study: Jewish settlements receive higher share of state funds

    3 weeks ago

    Jewish settlements in the West Bank and on the Golan Heights received a higher share of state funds than other communities, according to a new report.

    Arab towns receive the second highest amount of state funds per capita followed by development towns, according to the report by...

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  • Fire from fighting in Syria hits Israeli-held Golan, Israel shoots back

    September 4, 2014 | 9:01 am

    A projectile from fighting in the Syrian civil war struck the Golan Heights on Thursday and Israeli forces responded by attacking a Syrian army position, the military said.

    In a statement, the military said it appeared the shooting from Syria was "errant fire" from battles...

  • Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

    September 2, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said on...

  • Syrian rebels reinforce siege of U.N. peace-keepers on Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Islamist militants surrounding 40 Filipino peace-keepers in the Golan Heights have reinforced their siege with fighters who arrived in more than 20 vehicles, U.N. diplomatic sources told Reuters on Saturday.

    "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and...

  • U.N. peace-keepers rescued from militants in Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    32 U.N. peace-keepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

    Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped by the...

  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

    August 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and...

  • Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel that was captured by rebels

    August 28, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.

    Al-Qaida's Syria wing Nusra alongside moderate...

  • U.N. says 43 Golan Heights peacekeepers seized by militants

    August 28, 2014 | 10:14 am

    A group of 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have been detained by militants fighting the Syrian army, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The detained peacekeepers are from the Philippines and Fiji,...

  • Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

    August 27, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights.

    The mortar was believed to be part of the battles between Syrian rebels and government forces from the country’s more than 3-year-old civil war.

    The man, 52, was taken to the...

  • Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel

    August 27, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Al-Qaida's Syrian wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

    The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the...

  • Rocket from Syria lands in Golan, Bedouin sisters injured near Beersheba

    July 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    A rocket fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights, and a rocket near Beersheba injured two Bedouin sisters.

    The rocket that landed near Kibbutz El Rom in the Golan Heights on Monday evening started a fire. The Israel Defense Forces reportedly believes it was launched at...

  • U.N. Security Council calls on Syria, rebels to cease Golan fighting

    June 26, 2014 | 10:50 am

    The U.N. Security Council condemned the fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces on the Golan Heights and called for an end to military activity there.

    On Wednesday, the council unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the two sides to cease “military activity of...

  • Israel strikes kill ten members of Syrian army

    June 23, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.

    Israeli tanks and warplanes fired at Syrian army...

  • The beautiful Banias

    May 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

    The first thing you need to know about the Hermon-Banias Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights is that you will have to fight the temptation to dive into the crystal rushing springs or to stick your feet in the cool waters.

    Access to the Hermon Stream has been strictly forbidden...

  • Four Israeli troops hurt in Golan blast, Israel blames Syria

    March 18, 2014 | 8:51 am

    A roadside bomb wounded four Israeli soldiers patrolling the Golan Heights on Tuesday, and Israel retaliated with artillery fire on Syrian army positions, the army said.

    It was not clear who had planted the bomb in an area where the Syrian military, Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas...

  • Israel fires into Lebanon after bomb targets its soldiers

    March 17, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Israel fired tank rounds and artillery into southern Lebanon on Friday, its military said, in retaliation for a bomb that targeted Israeli soldiers patrolling the border.

    No injuries were reported on either side.

    The Israel-Lebanon border has been mostly quiet since Israel and...

  • Knesset passes bill requiring referendum to cede land within Israel

    March 13, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Israeli voters must approve any surrender of sovereign Israeli territory under a bill passed by the Knesset.

    The referendum measure approved Thursday becomes part of the country’s Basic Law, which makes it difficult to change or legislate around, and requires an absolute Knesset...

  • Rockets from Syria land in Golan following Netanyahu visit

    February 18, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Two rockets fired from Syria fell in the Golan Heights hours after a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The rockets, which did not cause any damages or injuries, landed near the border fence between Israel and Syria on Tuesday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces...

  • Syria to Israel: the road less traveled

    By Simone Wilson

    October 30, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Along the Israeli highway that snakes up through the Golan Heights toward Syria sits the Kiryat Shmona central bus station, a herding ground and grazing spot for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers on their way to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. On Oct. 27, one such soldier —...

  • Fifth earthquake in a week strikes Israel

    October 22, 2013 | 9:42 am

    A minor earthquake struck northern Israel, the fifth in a week.

    Tuesday morning’s temblor, which measured 3.3 on the Richter scale and was centered just northwest of the Sea of Galilee, was felt from Tiberias up to the Golan Heights.

    It came a day after Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Israeli soldiers injured by mortar fired from Syria

    October 9, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Two Israeli soldiers were injured when two mortar shells fired from Syria landed in the northern Golan Heights.

    The soldiers were hit by shrapnel in Wednesday’s incident, according to reports. One also suffered from shock.

    The mortars likely were a result of the ongoing civil...

  • Yigal Kipnis on Yom Kippur War’s lessons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Spiritual dispatches: Yom Kippur

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 11, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    “This is Kol Yisrael from Jerusalem, Reshet Aleph and Reshet Bet. Shalom and Gmar Hatimah Tovah. It’s 3 p.m. An official IDF [Israel Defense Forces] spokesman reports that at approximately 2 p.m. today, the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched attacks in the Sinai and in the Golan...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • BDS pressure grows in Europe

    August 7, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Two weeks ago, the Dutch public learned of what appeared to be an unprecedented victory for European advocates of boycotting Israeli products. Four major supermarket chains reportedly declared a boycott of products from the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

    But...

  • Israel accused of attacking Syrian army base, weapons convoy

    July 29, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Syrian rebel groups said Israel attacked a Syrian army base near the Golan Heights border.

    The reports follow Arab media reports that Israeli Air Force planes bombed Syrian army posts. In addition, the rebel group called the Military Revolutionary Council in Golan Quneitra said...

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