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  •  golan heights (0+ / 0-)

    The problem is that they're high, and Israel is about the size of New Jersey. I'm not an artillery expert, but Markos and anyone who is can tell you how much of the nation is within artillery range of the heights.

    The BBC says "Syrian artillery regularly shelled the whole of northern Israel from 1948 to 1967 when Syria controlled the Heights" and notes that Damascus is also clearly visible from the heights

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Sun May 05, 2013 at 11:02:10 AM PDT

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    •  From Wikipedia (0+ / 0-)
      On Israeli settlements on the Golan Heights and in Hebron, in a 1976 interview with Rami Tal, as quoted in Associated Press reports (11 May 1997)
      Along the Syria border there were no farms and no refugee camps — there was only the Syrian army... The kibbutzim saw the good agricultural land ... and they dreamed about it... They didn't even try to hide their greed for the land... We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was...The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.
      On pre-1967 clashes with the Syrians, in a 1976 interview with Rami Tal, as quoted in The New York Times and Associated Press reports (11 May 1997)

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