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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • EU issues new guidelines on West Bank — but do they matter?

    July 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    There’s been much handwringing this week about a set of new European Union directives that render Israeli projects in eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank ineligible for EU funding or grants.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an indignant...

  • New guidelines make West Bank entities ineligible for EU grants

    July 16, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    Israeli entities and activities in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are ineligible for European Union grants and prizes under new guidelines adopted by the European Commission.

    The guidelines adopted on June 30, set out in a statement issued Tuesday by the...

  • Syrian mortar shells hit Israeli territory

    July 16, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Three Syrian mortar shells hit Israeli territory in the Golan Heights.

    The shells landed near the border fence with Syria early Tuesday morning. No damages or injuries were reported. It was the second time this week that Syrian rockets have landed on Israeli territory.

    It is...

  • Israel: Savoring the Taste

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 24, 2013 | 1:35 am

    My friend Baruch and I wended our way up into the northern Galilee in Israel, up into the mountains. Just a few kilometers from the Blue Line – the UN determined border between Israel—we drove past an Israeli Army outpost and its patrols dressed in their heavy uniforms in all that...

  • Fiji troops to join depleted Golan peacekeeping force

    June 17, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Some 170 troops from Fiji will join the United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights in the wake of the withdrawal of Austrian troops.

    The new peacekeepers will arrive in the region at the end of the month, the United Nations announced Monday.

    Last week, the 380...

  • Yaalon: Israeli intervention in Syria would be counterproductive

    June 14, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel will not intervene in Syria in part because any such intervention would harm the side Israel favors, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    “We don’t intervene, we do not interfere,” Yaalon said Friday in Washington prior to a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Defense...

  • Austrian peacekeepers start pullout from Golan

    June 12, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Austria began the withdrawal of its 380 soldiers from the United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights.

    The Austrians, who comprise more than a third of the 1,000-member U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, crossed on Wednesday from the Syrian side of the Golan to a U.N....

  • U.N. says it can’t accept Russia’s offer of Golan troops

    June 7, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    The United Nations on Friday said it could not accept Russia's offer to replace peacekeepers from Austria in the Golan Heights because an agreement between Israel and Syria bars permanent members of the Security Council from the U.N. observer mission.

    The United Nations...

  • Putin: Russian troops can replace Austrians on Golan Heights

    June 7, 2013 | 11:13 am

    Russia is ready to replace peacekeepers from Austria in the Golan Heights, President Vladimir Putin said.

    Putin’s statement on Thursday, Reuters reported, was in reaction to an announcement by the Austrian government, which said it would recall its troops from a U.N. monitoring...

  • Golan fighting spells more Syria trouble for Israel

    June 7, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the occupied Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria's civil war reached a U.N.-manned border crossing.

    Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more...

  • Austrian peacekeepers quitting U.N. force amid heavy fighting at Syria-Israel border

    June 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Austria withdrew its soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights following battles between Syrian troops and rebels.

    On Thursday, Austria said it would be withdrawing its 380 soldiers — more than one-third of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force that has been...

  • Syrian army fights off rebels at Israeli crossing

    June 6, 2013 | 7:59 am

    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad fought off an attempt by rebels to seize the sole crossing between Syria and Israel on Thursday, while army troops sought to ram home strategic gains further to the north.

    A day after losing control of Qusair, an important town...

  • Syria has advanced missiles from Russia, Assad says

    May 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

    Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were...

  • Israeli soldier killed in Golan mine explosion

    May 21, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    An Israeli soldier was killed in a mine explosion in the southern Golan Heights.

    The soldier was taking part Tuesday in a minefield-clearing operation, according to the Israel Defense Forces, and was killed when an old anti-tank mine exploded. Two other soldiers were injured.

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