The Golan Heights Trivia Quiz (Part 1)

UPDATE 7 am Israel time Sunday:

Multiple IAF strikes on Gaza early last evening resulted in the killing of two Global Jihad terrorists who had been involved in rocket attacks against southern Israelis. Sirens for incoming rockets from Gaza sounded throughout the night in communities along the Gazan border–most notably between 3:00 am and 4:00 am. All of southern Israel is at the highest alert level.


The Golan Heights. Note its strategic location and height differentials. Can you even begin to imagine the situation Israel would be in if the Syrian border was at the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)?

For the last two days, your humble servant has been trying to think of the right word to describe the apparent attempt in 2010 of Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak to give away the Israeli Golan Heights to Syria in return for the “expectation” that Syria would sever its relations with Hezbollah and Iran.

Idiotic, moronic, absurd, brainless, dim-witted, cretinous, stupid–none of them seem to fit because none of them reach the level of egregious imbecility that would be required merely to come up with the idea of  such an arrangement much less than actually engaging in the process of giving the Golan away.

Thankfully the Syrian revolution broke out with Hezbollah and Iran rushing to the defense of the Assad’s Syrian regime thereby at least temporarily foiling the malicious scheme of Netanyahu and Barak.

Today, I thought we would take a Golan Heights quiz to test your knowledge of this incredibly important region of Israeli real estate. The answers to the test will be given in tomorrow’s blog.  Here we go and good luck!

1. From 1919 until today, the Golan Heights has belonged to three different countries. Which country has controlled the Golan for the longest time?

A. France

B. Syria

C. Israel

2. Between 1948 and 1967, the Syrian Army snipers used the high ground of the Heights to fire at Israeli farmers in the valley below, and Syrian artillery repeatedly shelled Kiryat Shmona, kibbutzes and moshavs in the area.

Some of the high ground of the Golan Heights--from which Syrian gunners rained artillery and sniper fire at Israelis from 1948-1967.

 How many Israeli civilians were killed during this period?

A. 23

B. 140

C. 344

3.  On June 19, 1967, less than two weeks after capturing the Golan Heights, the Israeli cabinet voted to return the Heights to Syria in return for peace. This offer was refused. In what year did Israel pass the Golan Heights Law which extended Israeli law and administration throughout the region–and effectively annexed the Golan Heights to Israel?

A. 1973

B. 1981

C. 1992

4. According to Israel, what is the area of the Israeli Golan Heights?

A. 1500 km2/580 sq mi

B. 1300 km2/500 sq mi

C. 1150 km2/440 sq mi

5. What is the total population of the Golan Heights?

A. Approximately 40,000 (including 20,000 Jews and 20,000 Druze)

B. Approximately 60,000 (including 25,000 Jews and 35,000 Druze)

C. Approximately 80,000 (including 30,000 Jews and 50,000 Druze)

6. What % of Israel’s fresh water comes from tributaries that begin in the Golan Heights?

A map of tributaries, streams, and rivers on the Golan.

A. about 33%

B. about 39%

C. about 45%

7. The Golan Heights is well known for its beautiful orchards and production of fruit.

One of many Israeli apple orchards on the Golan.

In order, what are the 5 primary fruit products produced by Israeli farmers?

A. Pears, apples, wine grapes, cherries, mangoes

B. Wine grapes, apples, cherries, mangoes, pears

C. Apples, pears, wine grapes, mangoes, cherries

8. About 2.3 million tourists travel to the Golan Heights each year–especially Israeli tourists.

Many tourists come to the Golan to get back to nature--in the background you can see the highest mountain in Israel, Mt. Hermon, which has immense strategic importance (photo source:

How many hotels, hostels, and guest houses are available for tourists?

A. 138

B. 202

C. 450

9. On November 23, 2010, the Israeli Knesset passed a law which said that:

A. The Prime Minister of Israel has the sole right to cede the Golan Heights in any negotiations with Syria.

B. The Golan Heights cannot be ceded to Syria without the approval of the Knesset.

C. The Golan Heights cannot be ceded to Syria without the approval of the Knesset and a national referendum voting in favor of such ceding.

10. As you can tell from this blog, your humble servant feels very strongly that the Golan belongs to Israel and should forever remain a part of this country. Whatever “right” the Syrians had to the Golan was forfeited when they used it as a base for terrorism against Israelis. One of the two decals on the back of your humble servant’s car here in Israel reads (this is not a trick question–just one to make you smile):

A. Ha’am em HaGolan! The people are with the Golan!

B. Leachzir et haGolan le Syria! Return the Golan to Syria!

C. Barak Rosh HaMemshala! Ehud Barak for Prime Minister!

Remember to come back tomorrow for the answers to our Golan Heights Trivia Quiz!

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