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Golan Heights: The Pinnacle of Syrian Nation-Building

Toba Hellerstein
Middle East Analyst
May 8, 2016 | 13:01 GMT
Israeli tanks in the Golan Heights
An abandoned tank stands in the Golan Heights, which Syria lost to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
(JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)

As a rocky peace process begins, leaders may try to unite the Syrian people around a popular national cause: retaking the Golan Heights. But the disputed territory has major strategic significance and is thus key to Israel's national defense....

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