Map showing present-day Jewish communities in the Golan
Even before it annexed the Golan, Israel had legal title to thousands of dunams in the Golan and Syria, but it's a fact little known or even suppressed. I would not normally quote the writings of Barry Chamish, who is known for his wacko conspiracy theories and off-the-wall views. But Chamish's account of his meeting with a contact in the Jewish National Fund to discuss Jewish-owned holdings in the Golan Heights and Western Syria in the 1990s has a ring of truth about it.
In January 1996, the business magazine section of the Tel Aviv-based
daily newspaper Globes published a four part series revealing a profoundly
important fact that was unexplainably ignored: Israel has legal title over a
large chunk of the Golan Heights and Western Syria.
In the 1890s, Baron Rothschild purchased 20,000 acres of Syrian land
owned by the Ottoman empire. In 1942, the Syrian government illegally
confiscated the land. The Baron transferred the deeds to the Jewish National
Fund (JNF) in 1957. In 1992, the deeds were moved to the Prime Minister's
Office where they are stored today.
After I read the series, I called a contact in the JNF, Bunny Alexandroni
of the public relations department. She said she'd look into the matter and
called me back. She informed me that she couldn't comment on the Globes
series but asked me to meet her at her office. An appointment was made and
she told me that her boss, the director of her department, would talk to me
if I agreed not to publish his name.
After so agreeing, I entered his office and he invited me to be seated.
He explained, "The Globes articles were essentially correct. They were a bit
off on the location of the Rothschild land. Some of it is in the Golan but
most is in the Horan, in Syria itself. I informed the government that the
deeds are an excellent bargaining chip with the Syrians but the government
refuses to play it. My hands are tied. I've been instructed not to pursue
And that is the biggest secret of the Golan: the Israeli government is
holding onto legal title to land in the Golan and beyond and is hiding the
fact from the public.
Of course, the first question would be, why?
What follows is a chronological explanation of how the current
Israeli-Syrian "peace" talks came to be. For those who are unable to
dramatically readjust their sense of reality, it is advised to simply stop
reading and make do with the knowledge of the land titles. They are more than enough to
assure that Israel remains atop the Golan Heights.
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