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February 14, 2013
Regarding Ramzi and Noura Hemady's recent commentary on Syria's Golan Heights, the authors ignore three critical facts when it comes to the ultimate possession of that disputed territory ("Let people of the Golan decide their fate," Feb. 8). First, based on biblical and current history, the presence of Israel is justified in that strategic region. Second, there are now over 20,000 Israelis living on the Golan Heights with extensive agricultural development. Third, Syria has refused to negotiate for the return of the Golan Heights in exchange for making peace with Israel.
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NEWS
February 14, 2013
Regarding Ramzi and Noura Hemady's recent commentary on Syria's Golan Heights, the authors ignore three critical facts when it comes to the ultimate possession of that disputed territory ("Let people of the Golan decide their fate," Feb. 8). First, based on biblical and current history, the presence of Israel is justified in that strategic region. Second, there are now over 20,000 Israelis living on the Golan Heights with extensive agricultural development. Third, Syria has refused to negotiate for the return of the Golan Heights in exchange for making peace with Israel.
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By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel JTC | September 15, 1992
QUNEITRA, Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights -- "I have daughter who slept in a bomb shelter the first two years of her life because the Syrians kept shelling our kibbutz," said Hanna Regev, a teacher in Tel-Katzir under the ominous Golan Heights."
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February 8, 2013
In his commentary, "Recognizing reality" (Feb. 5), Robert Pines suggests "The time is ripe for the United States to show tangible support for its closest ally in the Middle East … and to recognize the Golan for what it is: Israeli. " Based on years of tangible support for the state of Israel in the form of billions of dollars in military and non-military aid and vetoes of United Nations resolutions that condemn Israeli transgressions against Arabs and Arab lands and property, among many other displays of loyalty, it would appear that the time has always been ripe for this type of support.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | September 29, 1994
JERUSALEM -- Even before a peace agreement with Syria is reached, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is struggling to keep his narrow ruling coalition together over the issue of the Golan Heights.Mr. Rabin told his Labor Party chiefs yesterday that he might have to stop negotiations with Syria if a mini-rebellion in his party succeeded in restricting terms of a peace agreement.He also warned that his government risks losing a crucial vote of support at Monday's start of the next session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, his spokesman said.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | September 21, 1994
GAMLA, Golan Heights -- Above a bleak razorback ridge where 4,000 Jews leaped to their death before Roman swords, Michael Landsberg says he will starve rather than see Jews leave this land again."
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | September 11, 1992
KATZRIN, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights -- For the first time since a Syrian shell blew off Ehud Margalith's left leg in 1973, he is contemplating retreat from the Golan Heights.He is no more happy about it now than he was then, when Israelis had to win back the plateau in close, bloody combat after the surprise attack by Syrians in what Israelis came to call the Yom Kippur War."We cannot give up the Golan," says Mr. Margalith, a soldier in1973 and now an accountant in Katzrin, the largest town on the Heights.
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By Diana Jean Schemo and Diana Jean Schemo,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 9, 1991
Because of an editing error, an article and accompanying photograph about the Golan Heights in The Sun yesterday indicated incorrectly that the Golan village of Majdal Shams overlooks the Israeli kibbutz of Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee.The Sun regrets the errors.MAJDAL SHAMS, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights -- The debate about whether Israel ought to give up captured territory for peace inevitably conjures up the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.But the Golan Heights, which overlooks Israel, is the disputed territory that comes up in any discussion about the likelihood of peace between Israel and its chief enemy, Syria.
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By New York Times News Service | September 11, 1992
JERUSALEM -- Israel and Syria are negotiating the terms of a joint document setting forth the principles for working out a peaceful settlement between the two countries, Israeli officials say.The negotiations are the latest in a series of signals by the two countries that they are moving to ease more than four decades of enmity through a settlement involving an Israeli return of at least part of the Golan Heights captured by Israel in the 1967 war in...
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By Los Angeles Times | September 28, 1992
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, trying to hold his coalition government together, yesterday chastised his leftist education minister for advocating the full return of the occupied Golan Heights to Syria and for equally controversial comments on religious issues.But Mr. Rabin stopped short of dismissing Shulamit Aloni in order to retain the support of her Citizens Rights Movement and the other parties in Meretz, a leftist bloc that helps give the Labor-led government its working majority in the Knesset, Israel's Parliament.
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By Robert Pines | February 4, 2013
Straddling the divide between the chaos in Syria and the calm of the Galilee in northern Israel is a pastoral plateau known as the Golan Heights. Famous for its world-class vineyards, wandering cattle, and lush nature trails, the Golan has served as the disputed frontier between the two long-time adversaries since the aftermath of the Six-Day War in 1967. This small but strategic piece of land - negligible in size next to the vast territory of the entire Middle East - has been a point of contention on the Levant for over four decades.
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By Joel Brinkley | July 15, 2012
You should probably sit down before you read this. Syria has put its name up for membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council, and it will most likely win a seat. Yes, Syria, the state that has slaughtered close to 15,000 of its own people over the last 16 months, including hundreds of women and children. It's on track to take a seat on the United Nations body whose mission is to uphold human rights around the world. The United States happened to find Syria's name on a roster of candidates.
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May 26, 2011
Letter writer Abel J. Merrill expresses disappointment in President Obama for "demanding" that Israel withdraw to its pre-1967 borders ("Obama shows ignorance or malice toward Israel," May 25). Mr. Merrill must watch Fox News exclusively, since the president said no such thing. What he said is that negotiations must begin with the 1967 borders. Like all complex issues, peace negotiations require intelligence and a willingness to compromise. In the 21st century, war is less and less an option.
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By Robert O. Freedman | May 11, 2011
As the wave of revolution continues to sweep through the Arab world, the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad could be its next victim. While many in the United States and Israel appear hesitant to support Syria's anti-regime forces - basing their thinking on the old maxim that the devil you know is better than the one you don't - this viewpoint overlooks the major benefits both for the United States and for Israel if the Assad regime is ousted....
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
This is not your grandfather's kosher wine. This is, in fact, a great dry red wine that any host would be proud to serve to guests. It's a full-bodied, creamy-textured, complex wine with more maturity and character than most of the newly released reds on the market. There's plenty of lush, chewy blackberry and spice flavor, with a hint of chocolate. Does $25 seem high? If this were from California and hadn't been blessed by a rabbi, it would probably be fetching $40-$50. (For those who care, the wine isn't mevushal aka pasteurized — a good thing for wine quality, though it raises logistical issues for the observant.
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By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,Chicago Tribune | May 4, 2008
MEROM GOLAN RANCH, Golan Heights -- Avshalom Ferstman certainly looks the part. Sporting an Australian-style bush hat, a gun in a holster, a big-buckled belt on his jeans and a plaid shirt, the man with the salt-and-pepper beard is a picture-perfect cowboy. Ferstman, 40, who herds cattle for a living, was featured in a recent Israeli advertising campaign in the United States inviting tourists to visit Israel on its 60th birthday this year. He was one of several Israelis from different walks of life profiled in the ads, intended to show that there is more to Israel than the Middle East conflict that often dominates news from this troubled region.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | September 11, 1997
MAJDAL SHAMS, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights -- In the houses of this Druse village on the slopes of Mount Hermon, portraits of Syrian President Hafez el Assad are displayed alongside photographs of a beloved grandfather or a newly wed son.Decals shaped like the hearty apples that grow plentifully here reflect the loyalties of 17,000 Druse living here -- and they don't lie with Israel, which captured the mountainous range on the Syrian border during the...
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 14, 2004
JERUSALEM - Israel's senior army commander says that his country could safely withdraw from the Golan Heights in any future peace settlement with Syria, without retaining any occupied territory there as a buffer. Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, the army chief of staff, broke with Israel's traditional position in an interview published yesterday with the newspaper Yediot Aharonot, saying: "From the point of view of military requirements, we could reach an agreement with Syria by giving up the Golan Heights.
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December 14, 2007
Dec. 14 1799 George Washington, the first U.S. president, died at his Mount Vernon, Va., home at 67. 1981 Israel annexed the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967.
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