Yiftah Things to Do
This site, near Kibbutz Yiftah, combines an historical site from Israel's 1948 War of Independence, a breathtaking view point, and a trail-head for great nature hikes.
The fortress was built by the British mandate authorities, and controlled an important road junction in the Upper Galilee. When the British forces left in April 1948 Arab forces occupied the fortress. Israeli forces made two futile attempts to conquer it, before finally succeeding on May 16th, 1948. Twenty eight soldiers fell in battles here, and a cypress grove was planted in their memory ("Grove of the 28" - "Horshat Koach"). The fortress still stands today; when you stand close it looks as menacing as ever, and it is easy to visualize the fierce fighting which took place here.
However you don't need to be a military history buff to enjoy a visit to Metzudat Yesha.
You can go to the viewpoint and enjoy great views of the steep forested mountain slope leading down to the Hula Valley, with its pastoral fields and fish ponds. Then shift your gaze to the distance, up to the Golan Heights rising to the east, beyond the valley. A few volcanic mounds mark the horizon line of the Golan and are clearly visible from here.
Walk through the memorial site and the cypress grove, and there you will find the trail-head for the Nachal Kadesh hike, part of the Israel National trail, descending far down through natural forest to the Hula Valley.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel