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Upper Galilee and the Golan Sights

Mt. Bental Observatory

Updated 05/16/2013

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From the top of this volcanic cone, once a military outpost, Mt. Hermon rises majestically to the north and the Syrian side of the Golan stretches eastward. Opposite is the ruined town of Kuneitra, captured by Israel in 1967, lost and regained in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and returned to Syria in the subsequent disengagement agreement—it is now a demilitarized zone. Modern Kuneitra is in the distance. The cluster of white buildings south of old Kuneitra houses the United

Nations Disengagement Observer Force. A pine-cabin shop serving delicious herb teas and snacks is the perfect place to get out of the wind that often sweeps this peak. The observatory is near Kibbutz Merom Golan; signs along the rural roads point the way.

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Off Rte. 98 and Rte. 959, Merom Golan, 1243600, Israel

Updated 05/16/2013


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