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Award-winning writer and lecturer Barbara Sofer grew up
in a small town in Connecticut, and moved to Israel in 1971. She is a
graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem. Her articles -taking on a wide range of subjects from ethnic
cooking to terrorism--have appeared in The New
York Times, The Boston Globe, Parents, Readers' Digest, Woman's Day,
Hadassah Magazine and Inside Magazine
among many others. She writes a bi-weekly column for the Friday Jerusalem
Barbara has written five books and contributed to
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THE HUMAN SPIRIT: THERE'S GOLD IN THOSE HILLS
By Barbara Sofer
Ha'am im Hagolan. The once ubiquitous signs with this slogan, coined by the late writer and Knesset member Uri Orbach, are rare today. It means "The People [is] with the Golan Heights."
Indeed, few issues in our quarrelsome country elicit as much agreement as this one. At least two-thirds of Israelis reject any concessions on the Golan Heights. Why would any sane country now consider yielding key strategic heights and water sources to the so-called government in Syria?
Not long ago, former US president Barack Obama's secretary of state John Kerry was reportedly adamant that the Golan Heights were on the table for a peace deal, even as hundreds of thousands of Syrians were being slaughtered, with hundreds of thousands more fleeing the country.
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