The Golan Heights is a strategic plateau to the west and northwest of the Sea of Galilee along Israel's border with Syria. The area is agriculturally rich and provides around 15% of Israel's water. Israel captured around two-thirds of the land in the 1967 Six-Day War. Claim to the territory remains disputed in the international community and is a oft-cited bargaining chip in peace talks.
Our tour guide narrated the strategic importance of this area to the country's security during our trip around the north and eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. Lunch was at the Ein Gev kibbutz. I had the St. Peter's fish - a tasty but mystically-neutral serving of roast tilapia similar to something that Jesus might have eaten when he lived in the area.
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Historical information from Fodor's Israel (2009) and numerous internet sources. Caveat Emptor.