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Golan Heights,

strategic upland region (2003 est. pop. 10,500), c.500 sq mi (1,250 sq km), SW Syria. It borders S Lebanon, NE Israel, and NW Jordan. It takes its name from the ancient city of GolanGolan
, in the Bible, refuge city, located in the tribal territory of Manasseh E of the Jordan; it was also a levitical city. Golan gives its name to the rocky plateau known as the Golan Heights.
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 and was known as Gaulanitis in New Testament times. It is a rocky plateau overlooking Israel where elevations range from c.6,500 ft (2,000 m) in the north to below sea level along the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) and the Yarmuk River in the south. The Golan Heights were fortified and used for artillery attacks on Israel after 1948. The region was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967 (see Arab-Israeli WarsArab-Israeli Wars,
conflicts in 1948–49, 1956, 1967, 1973–74, and 1982 between Israel and the Arab states. Tensions between Israel and the Arabs have been complicated and heightened by the political, strategic, and economic interests in the area of the great powers.
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) and formally annexed by Israel in 1981, an act that was not recognized internationally. A number of Israeli settlements have been established in the area; the region has become an important source of water for Israel. Ultimate control of the Golan Heights has been a stumbling block to Israeli-Syrian peace talks.
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There is no difference between Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, south Lebanon, the West Bank or Gaza (and Iran's occupation of the three UAE islands)," he said.
We hope this process will lead to ending the occupation of the Golan Heights and the establishment of a just peace," he said.
And compel the Israelis to remove all settlements and end the occupation of the Golan Heights. With the pressure mounting on Syria to immediately implement Security Council resolution 1559, Damascus should accept that now is the time to put aside pride and demand a concurrent implementation of UN resolution 242, which obliges Israel to return the Golan.
In a speech at a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, Erdogan stated that the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights cannot be allowed.
Since its occupation of the Golan heights in 1967, Israel has constructed army posts and bases, laid landmines and erected a fortified fence to maintain control over the region and its Syrian population.
field of its tackling of Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights or the
The French sources said that Syrians, "who are currently finding themselves comfortable internationally," have been intent on ending the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights in return for any timeframe of withdrawal set by the United Nations, the US, or Europe.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- To continue more than half a century of US policy on Israel's occupations and annexations in the wake of the 1967 War, President Donald Trump has gone onto Twitter to publicly endorse Israel's permanent occupation of the Golan Heights, which is legally part of Syria.
To end the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights and other Arab Israeli -- occupied lands is the shortest US -- Israeli path to dismantling the Syria -- Iran alliance and to peace in Syria and the region.
pressure, and the occupation of the Golan Heights by the Israelis, Syrian
Since Israel began their occupation of the Golan Heights, the United Nations has passed two major resolutions (Res.
"This is our pride, this is our Arab heritages, inherent to our homeland of Syria," shouted a young man through a loudspeaker.The Syrian flag flies high at such events with Israeli watchtowers not far in the distance near impassable checkpoints that lie between the occupied land and the rest of Syria.This was also a celebration on the occasion of the departure of the last soldier of the French colonizers that were in the Syrian territory who left in 1946, "thanks to the efforts of the resistance fighters," said organizers.The Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights began in 1967.