The book, “The Importance of the Golan Heights from the Perspective of Israel’s Security and Its Survival” was unveiled at a ceremony attended by advisers to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the President, the ambassadors of Palestine and Syria, representatives of Islamic Resistance groups and a group of senior government officials. This book was published by the Abna al-Rasul Institute with the participation of the Political Office of the al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance Movement in Iran and the Committee for the Support of the Islamic Revolution of the Palestinian People.
Ali Shaker, the author of the book “The Importance of the Golan Heights from the Perspective of Israel’s Security and Its Survival,” stated, “The loss of the Golan Heights is a problem for the Zionist regime in terms of security and survival” and noted, “That is why the Zionist movement, in its manifesto published in August 1967, declared that no Jewish state had the right to return the region.”
Explaining the historic process that has led to the promotion of the Golan Heights in Israel’s national security strategy, Shaker said, “This region is a highland that is a short distance from the sensitive political and security centres in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and even Jordan. Golan is 50, 60, 85 and 110 kilometres from the Syrian Presidential Palace in Damascus, the Lebanese Presidential Palace in Beirut, the Jordanian Royal Palace in Amman, and the Zionist Prime Minister’s Palace in al-Quds, respectively.”
He added, “In military literature, for ballistic missiles, the range of less than 180 to 200 kilometres is considered short-range and therefore the Golan Heights is a complete security advantage for the government or its ruling regime.”
The author explained, “Israel established settlements in the Golan Heights just six days after its occupation of the region, which it later renamed ‘Nahal’” and emphasized, “This may at first bring to mind a normal social matter when it is precisely a discussion of strategy. After serving in the army, the Zionists are obliged to engage in farming in these settlements for three months – settlements built mainly on the Golan Heights.”
Shaker continued, “This means that the Zionist regime seeks to create buffer zones to compensate for the strategic shallowness of the occupied territories in Palestine. It should be noted that approximately 70% of Israel’s major infrastructure, such as Ben Gurion Airport, the Trans-Israel Highway (known as Highway 6), the National Water Carrier and the high-pressure Israel Natural Gas Lines are compactly located in a narrow strip between the Mediterranean Sea and the West Bank.
Through these actions, this regime also de-secured the international community and human rights for the international community and put a civilian strategy at the forefront of the Syrian side.”
In conclusion, he described the design of Israeli fortifications in the Golan Heights as based on the principle of surprise and stated, “Although Zionist settlements in the region appear to be civilian, in fact, these settlements became part of the Zionist regime’s military network after the 1973 [Ramadan] War. They were connected to act as a dormant military base in the event of any possible threat or attack.”