The Golan Heights
The Golan Heights and Lake Kinneret are seen from Umm Qais in Jordan. (photo credit:LAURA KELLY)


From the heights of Umm Qais in Jordan, the land falls away in three directions. Standing above the ancient Roman amphitheater, one can see the West Bank and Israel to the west, Lake Kinneret and the Golan Heights to the north, and Jordan to the east – and far in the distance somewhere, Syria.

It was on this auspicious site in 1920 that King Faisal met with Arab notables from the region to protest the division of Bilad al-Sham, or greater Syria, into a series of colonially administered states.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post