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Mount Bental

Israel is scattered with history, nature, and culture. That is what makes Israel so beautiful!

But what makes Israel so unique is that ingrained in much of its natural beauty is so much of our history- the ancient history of the Jewish people, and the modern history of our country!

Next time you schedule a trip to the Golan Heights, make sure to save time to visit Mount Bental, a beautiful mountain overlooking all of Israel's northern region, which also played an integral part in the Yom Kippur War!

View from the top of Mount Bental of fields and hills
View from the top of Mount Bental / Yonina F

Way up north in the Golan Heights, south of the Hermon, and west of the Syrian city of Kuneitra, you will find the Bental Mountain.

Situated at 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level, the mountain has an amazing view of the Lebanon hills and the Galilee mountains. At the top of the mountain are the preserved war-post bunkers of the IDF, which they used to fight against the Syrian army during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Actually, a huge battle was fought at the foot of this mountain, in which the IDF forces miraculously won against the larger and better-prepared Syrian forces.

Inside the still intact bunkers, you can walk through the underground labyrinth, and even see some bunk beds and batteries in the rooms, there to help you go back in time and really understand the history. The bunkers now have binoculars to help you look down at the site of the battle, and see Israel's history before your eyes.

The site is suitable for all ages, children and adults alike, as you walk the beautiful and breathtaking views of our history.

But don't forget to stop by the mountain's cafe for a nice cup of coffee before you leave!

Army ditches on the Mount Bental Syrian army post.
Army ditches on the Mount Bental Syrian army post / Yonina F

Cafe Anan

This cafe is cleverly named after the former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Anan.

Take in the breathtaking view of the Golan as you sip your morning coffee and delight in your breakfast shakshuka!

There are two ways to get to this spot. You can either hike 'The Golan Trail' which goes through this location or you can drive up. It's up to you!

Two plastic cups with caps on a wooden ledge overlooking the Golan from Mount Bental.
Delicious coffee from the café / Shifra Gottlieb

Not sure where to go? Follow the map below!


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