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Katzrin is the administrative center and largest town in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. The town offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. To the south is the Sea of Galilee, to the north Mount Hermon, and to the west the hills of the Upper Galilee. As of mid 2005 there are 6,400 people living in Katzrin, almost all of whom are Jewish. The community was planned to grow into a city of 25,000 residents. Katzrin has an educational system and academic centers that serve the residents of the entire region, industrial plants, and facilities of culture and
recreation. Katzrin is a major center of tourism in the Golan Heights due to the historical sites it boasts. One of these is the ancient village of Kisrin, of the Mishnaic period. The village was destroyed in an eighth century earthquake, but still has archaeological remains of a synagogue, partially reconstructed, and foundations of ancient houses. Katzrin is home to a kosher winery and a mineral water plant.

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natural landscapes in Katzrin

the anciant village of Kisrin near Katzrin

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If Israel were really serious about keeping the Golan, there would be 250,000 Israelis on the heights instead of 25,000. Katzrin would be a large city, not a provincial backwater. After more than 40 years of possible population growth which has in reality gone no where, this tells me that Israel is amenable to giving back the Golan, eventually.
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You might be right, I heard that even Netanyahu is thinking about giving it back

but then, where will we stop the next Syrian\Iranian invasion? in Haifa?
Hey, I think the Golan should be kept by Israel, but whenever the are plans in the works for Israeli/Syrian "peace talks", that can mean only one thing--the return of the heights to Syria. That's the only "peace talk" the Syrians are interested in. So why would Israel engage them in these talks if not to return the heights? What else does Israel have to offer Syria that will make them sign a "peace treaty"? I'd feel very uncomfortable if I were a resident of the Golan and had to be constantly worried lest these "peace talks" succeed, which would mean they would be removed from their homes. As to where then to stop the Syrian/Iraqi/Persian hordes, I don't know.
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