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    • Walid
    • 15.09.09 | 20:03 (IDT)

    Bernard, sorry to rain on your flourishing agricultural and tourism wonderland parade; here is a sourced Moshe Dayan quote to help you with the facts: Along the Syria border there were no farms and no refugee camps ? there was only the Syrian army... The kibbutzim saw the good agricultural land ... and they dreamed about it... They didn't even try to hide their greed for the land... We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was...The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us. On the taking of the Golan Heights in 1967, indicating many of the firefights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and that many who pressed the government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for farmland; in a 1976 interview with Rami Tal, as quoted in The New York Times and Associated Press reports (11 May 1997)

    from the article: Syria bans Facebook to reclaim Golan Heights
    First published 15:05 15.09.09 | Last updated 15:56 15.09.09
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