Mt. Bental is over 1000 m above sea level, and provides a stunning view of the Golan heights and into Syria.
While guiding Maryann and Stwart Young at the site in October 2013, we heard loud cannon shots.
Usually these are IDF manuvers that I am used to. But this time the shots were coming from Syria!.
Soon enough I tracked with my binoculars smoke coming from one of the Syrian villages, about 7 km east of us.
There was no doubt in mind – we were witnessing the war in Syria!.
Being too far for my pocket camera to zoom to, I improvised, and had my camera fit the binoculars. I managed to get a descent photo of the smoke!.
We later heard a few more cannon shots, but could not track any smoke. after 20 minutes we left, but with quite a unique experience.. – I never thought my tours will also include views of the war in Syria!..