On Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973, while Jews around the world were praying for God to redeem their souls, the still young State of Israel went through a trial of fire which it came very close to losing.
The bunker, filled with mortar shells, fuses, explosives, shotgun shells and more, was abandoned after Israel captured the region from Syria during the Six-Day War.
The prospect of a dominant Iranian military presence in the Golan is, of course, unacceptable to Israel but with Russia firmly entrenched with the Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia, the IDF is limited in its ability to act against the Iranian presence.
It will be part of a 10-day visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Europe and the Mideast, starting with France, Turkey and Georgia.
An Israeli retreat from the strategic Golan Heights would erode its posture of deterrence, turning Israel from a U.S. national security asset to a national security liability.
Americans will feel at home in the Golan now that a section belonging to the tribe of Menashe bears the U.S. President’s name.
And while the transition to Israeli society has come with challenges, Ethiopian Jews are beginning to occupy respected positions in academia, medicine, arts, the military, and the Knesset.
Even before the latest tensions began, Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau released its annual spring travel advisory containing a summary of key threats to Israeli citizens and Jews abroad, in addition to recommendations about how to stay safe.
The bond between the two countries deepens as Netanyahu moves forward on his promise.
“We have also seen one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers become a cesspool of hostility towards Israel that goes well beyond any legitimate criticism of a fellow, imperfect democracy,” said Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.