لقد فتحت حرب لبنان الثانية
وقادتها إلى أن تهدد بإعلان
الحرب ضد إسرائيل ما لم تقم
إسرائيل بإعادة الجولان إليها.
Golan is Israeli
is almost politically incorrect, practically heresy, to
claim today that the Golan is not Syrian in the least
nor a deposit or bargaining chip for negotiations. But
it is precisely time to say so to the Israeli leaders
who are trying to blunt the public's awareness.
Golan is a lot more "Israeli" than
"Syrian." It has been Israeli for 40 years,
double the time it was in Syria's hands. It has been
under Israeli sovereignty for 26 years. It has neither a
foreign people nor a demographic problem. The Golan has
become a part of Israeli life. It is the most frequently
visited part of the country, dotted with dozens of
Jewish communities, agricultural fields, industrial
areas and tourist resorts, nature reserves and wild
roots laid down there are no mere cliche. For the past
two generations at least, the Golan became ingrained in
our consciousness as an inseparable part of the state.
It is not only part of the national home. Most of us
also consider its vistas, and even its produce, as
components of our Israeliness, whether we're talking
about Eden mineral water, Golan wines or
bed-and-breakfast accommodations, or whether it's the
trip itineraries for schools and youth movements. It
doesn't take a poll to know that the Israeli public is
tied to the Golan, loves it and senses through healthy
intuition that it is part of it.
talks about "returning" the Golan to Syria is
being misleading. The Golan was placed under a French
mandate in the colonialist agreement that divided the
region; Syria won independence only in 1946. In the
brief period it was in the Golan - 0.5 percent of its
territory - Syria turned the region into a launching pad
for its attempt to conquer and decimate Israel. The
Syrian army shelled the Israeli communities along the
border, attacked the Lake Kinneret fishermen, tried to
divert the course of its waters and made life "down
below" a Sderot-style hell. The Golan was conquered
in a justified defensive war. We paid for it with blood.
The Syrians lost it fair and square.
previous eras as well, the Golan was not considered a
part of Syria, and it is replete with findings of Jewish
heroism and sovereignty, starting with the reign of
Solomon, through the Second Temple period, the heroic
battle of the city of Gamla and the Talmudic period. It
was no foreign land that we conquered. Our ties to the
Golan take precedence over its necessity for security
purposes or the need to safeguard the water sources, and
other excellent arguments.
now treats the ultimate Syrian demand for a complete
Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights and evacuation
of every last community there as a decree of Heaven is
misguided and misleading. The "price label"
convention must be shattered. The approach needs to be
completely different. The Golan is not Syrian. It is
Israeli. Syria can get a great deal from peace, not
necessarily territory. Israel is faced with a rare
window of opportunity to explain this to the world,
without getting flustered. Syria is now known throughout
the world as a supporter of terrorism, as part of the
"Axis of Evil," and this is precisely the time
to try to leverage the Israeli narrative on the Golan to
shatter the "price label" convention.
is possible that in the end, in another generation or
two, there will be a compromise on the Golan as well,
but it would be immeasurably better if the starting
point were different: When both parties agree in advance
that the Golan belongs to one side, the results of the
negotiations are known ahead of time. When both parties
claim ownership of it, the mediators, too, will treat it
results of the Second Lebanon War greatly increased the
Syrian appetite and led it to threaten a war against
Israel unless the Golan is handed over. Alongside the
deterrence that incoming defense minister Ehud Barak
talks about, this is exactly the time to tell the
Israeli story of the Golan Heights.
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