Subjects – Syria Report

Golan Heights


The Israeli government has moved forward with a new settlement policy that plans to double, and eventually quadruple, the Israeli settler population in the Golan Heights. In opposition to the plan, hundreds of Syrians, most of whom are from the Druze community, in the village of Masada protested against Israel’s policy to increase settlements, while a number of Israeli media outlets have questioned the government’s policy.
Afek Oil & Gas, an Israeli oil company, has ceased exploration operations in the occupied Golan Heights after finding no light oil resources suitable for commercial development.


Although Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has declared victory after more than a decade of war, Damascus controls only ten out of at least 31 official border crossings.