Political/Cultural Significance
  • This is the northernmost part of Israel and from these heights you can gaze out over Lebanon and Syria.
  • The water and strategic vantage points of the Galilee mountaintops and the Golan Heights have made the region a source of political contention since time immemorial.
  • Over the centuries, Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Crusaders, and Ottomans locked horns here.
  • In the 20th century alone, the borders have been changed by Britain, France, and of course, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria.
  • Extinct volcanic cones give the Golan its unusual topographic profile.
Biblical Significance
  • Possible area of Paul’s Damascus road experience