MembersWhy the Golan-Gaza Comparison is Important for Peace

Jordanian analyst notes that one has flourished under Israeli rule, while the other has turned to squalor in Arab hands

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: Syria, Golan Heights
Photo: Maor Kinsbursky/Flash90

Israeli wine has taken the world by storm. And some of the very best comes from the Golan Heights.

Similarly, the Gaza Strip during the pre-Islamic era, when it was still mostly populated by Jews, produced wines to compete with the finest in the Byzantine Empire. But where is Gaza today? Sadly, it has become a place of squalor, unemployment and a haven for terrorists, while the Golan has transformed into a place of life and productivity.

The Syrian Regime Bartered the Golan to Israel

Across the Arab world, it is widely believed that former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad secretly bartered the Golan Heights to Israel in the years following the 1973 Yom Kippur War (in which Syria briefly recaptured parts of the strategic plateau), either in exchange for a large sum of money, or for Israel’s assistance in keeping the Assad regime in power. 

This alleged exchange was the subject of a recent Al Jazeera documentary, as it has been over the past several decades of numerous reports and surveys that cite Syrian...

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