`Ayn Ziwan Travel Guide

  • View from atop Mt. Bental, toward Lebanon
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  • Enter the Bunker atop Mt. Bental

    On the summit of the mountain is a restored bunker which by all counts is fascinating. You don't have to be a military buff to appreciate how difficult and challenging it must have been for the IDF to be perched atop this site, crouching inside the man-made bunker which not only included sleep barracks, but also a kitchen, meeting room and lookout...

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  • Explore Outside the Bunker atop Mt....

    Outside the bunker is a sign-post showing the distance to Damascus, Baghdad, Beirut, and other strategic points. Perched alongside the bunker are metal effiges of Israeli soldiers on guard....a haunting depiction of what it must have been like to be perched atop this mountain, fighting off aggressive enemies. Great photo opportunities here - take...

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  • Visit Mt. Bental

    Whether you know anything about the Yom Kippur War - and even if you don't - this place should be included on your agenda of sites to see while in the area. The summit of Mount Bental offers a spectacular panoramic view of Syria, Lebanon and Northeastern Israel. From this strategic point, one can look over the famous Quinetra Valley, aka "Valley of...

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  • Don't Miss the Pictures Inside!

    On a lighter note, the "Cloud Cafe" is a nice little coffee shop next to the parking lot area. It's definitely worth going into the shop even if you're not in the mood for a snack or coffee, because along the walls you'll find terrific photos and short histories of the geography and people of this important and very strategic area.Wish I had taken...

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  • The UN has just entered the coffee...

    Right on the top of Mount Bental you will find a little café called Coffee Annan. Apart form the obvious reference to the UN secretary general there is also a Hebrew association. Annan in Hebrew is a cloud, which is quite appropriate to this mountain...The place itself is nothing special, but there is no real competition.

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  • A Peaceful Source of Energy

    I liked seeing the WIND TURBINES as we drove along Highway 98 on our way to visit Mt. Bental.When you see them to your east, you'll know that you've almost reached Mt. Bental.

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  • Be Ginger with the Past's Remains

    During one of my trips through the Golan Heights, we pulled over to examine the shell of an abandoned tank. I don't really know it it's the remnants of a past war (War of 1967 or Yom Kippur War), or simply the Israeli Military leaving behind an empty vessel.I'm almost afraid to guess either way.....Note: If you drive through the Golan Heights,...

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  • Practicing Military Maneuvers

    Ironically, don't be surprised if you hear/see the Israeli military (IDF) practicing air maneuvers overhead while you're in the Golan. Sometimes they are a couple of helicopters flying back and forth, and sometimes they are fighter jets whizzing overhead. It's not distracting and in fact can be very interesting - a serious reminder that this tiny...

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