Michael Totten

Israel to Withdraw From Ghajar

Last month I wrote about a village called Ghajar in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights that slowly, over time, and without anyone realizing it, spread across the unmarked border into Lebanon. The people who live there are Arabs who belong to the Alawite sect, the religion of the rulers of Syria, and they accepted Israeli citizenship in 1982. Israel currently controls the northern side of the village to protect its citizens, but the Netanyahu government is gearing up to unilaterally withdraw and abandon the new half of the town to Hezbollah.

The residents, as surely you can imagine, are furious.