The Golan Heights
Until 1967, the Syrians rained fire down on the region around Galilee from the Golan Heights. It is the high ground in northeastern Israel.
The Golan was captured by Israel during the Six Day War and annexed in 1981. Syria still considers it theirs.
In a 1973 surprise attack on Yom Kippur, a sacred Jewish holiday, the Syrians recaptured half of the Golan. Two days later, in the greatest tank battle in history, Syria lost 1,200 of its 1,500 Soviet-built tanks. Israel was within sight of Damascus when the United Nations called for peace.
When we saw this tank, Dennis just had to stop. We walked around it and I returned to the car for a camera. When I got back, I didn't see him. I walked to the other side of the tank and still didn't see him. So I called. His answer echoed back from inside the tank!
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