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The Golan Heights has been in the news recently, both because fighting in southwestern Syria is pushing refugees towards it and because some groups in the U.S. are encouraging the Trump Administration to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. (Israel acquired the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967's Six-Day War. Previously, Syria's southern border extended to the edge of the Sea of Galilee.) The Golan Heights is a hilly plateau (average elevation: 3300 ft.) that rises steeply from the Jordan River valley, making it a strategic asset. upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Golan_heights_rel89-orig.jpg/375px-Golan_heights_rel89-orig.jpg
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