Posts Tagged ‘Golan Heights’

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT ANWAR SADAT ADDRESSING THE KNESSET DURING HIS HISTORIC VISIT TO ISRAEL, JERUSALEM.

Anwar Sadat Is Born

December 25, 1918 From the Center for Israel Education Born into a family of thirteen children in Mit Abu al-Kum, Egypt, Sadat was a member of the Free Officers movement that overthrew Egypt’s monarchy in 1952. In 1964 Sadat was appointed as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s vice president.  He held that position until Nasser’s…

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Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban addresses the opening session of the Geneva peace conference Dec. 21, 1973.

Geneva Middle East Peace Conference Takes Place

December 21, 1973 From the Center for Israel Education Though the Geneva Middle East Conference was convened under the co-chairmanship of the United States and Soviet Union, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger kept the Soviet Union almost totally uninformed about progress being made privately between Israel and Egypt for a future disengagement agreement. Egyptian President…

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Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meets with Henry Kissinger in September 1975.

Henry Kissinger Meets with Iraqi Foreign Minister

December 17, 1975 From the Center for Israel Education In a Paris meeting, United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets with Saddun Hammadi, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs. Kissinger told Hammadi that the United States would not negotiate Israel’s existence but could “reduce its size to historical proportions.” This was consistent with former President…

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Eden Springs water bottles on a shelf

American Venture Capitalists Purchase Stake in Israeli Water Company

December 15, 1999 From the Center for Israel Education In the midst of Israeli peace negotiations with Syria over Syrian recognition of Israel and a possible return of the Golan Heights, Aqua International Partners, a San Francisco-based venture fund purchases a 25% stake in Israeli bottled water company Mayanot Eden (Eden Springs) for $47.5 million. The…

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A day after surgery on a broken hip, Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives in a wheelchair for the Knesset vote on annexing the Golan Heights on Dec. 14, 1981.

Knesset Votes in Favor of Golan Heights Law

December 14, 1981 From the Center for Israel Education In a quickly organized and somewhat surprising move, the Knesset votes to annex the Golan Heights by a vote of 63-21.  Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who had been discharged from the hospital the day before following surgery to repair a broken hip, was brought to the…

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The Golan Heights

Syria Gains Control of Golan Heights

September 29, 1923 In border designations for states drawn up in the primarily by Britain and France after WWI, the Golan Heights were put under the control of the new state of Syria. Over the next two decades, Zionists made several concerted efforts to buy large portions of the area, but were constantly denied by…

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A roadside landmark in the Golan Heights. Photo credit: Dmitriy Feldman Svarshik

Essay: Heightened Defense

Israeli control of the Golan yields a broader benefit. It’s a ridge for the ages, a bulwark against Islamist tyranny from the north and a vista providing sweeping views of upper Israel. Arguably, the existence of Israel, America’s staunchest Middle East friend, hinges in part on Israeli control of the Golan Heights. The highlands are…

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The Golan Heights of Israel

Blogs From Israel – Mark Jacobs’ Day 4

Another perfect day in Israel. This one had it all – history, music, ruins, art, shopping, plenty of calories (some alcohol-related) and a bar mitzvah. We started with a Jeep trip and a hike in the Golan Heights. Seeing the Golan first-hand is always incredible, no matter how many times you’ve see it. Our hike…

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