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Israel didn't 'seize' the Golan Heights. It was won in a war for the country's survival

Israel didn't 'seize' the Golan Heights. It was won in a war for the country's survival
An Israeli tank drives close to livestock during military exercises in the Golan Heights on Jan. 11, 2016. (Ariel Schalit / AP)

To the editor: The Golan Heights was not seized from Syria in 1967. It was captured in a war instigated by the surrounding Arab countries that were threatening to destroy Israel. Who knew that tiny Israel would win that war?

In 1963, I swam in the Sea of Galilee. It was a beautiful day. Shortly after I left, I heard on the news that the Syrians controlling Golan were shooting down into the farm and lake below — where I had just been swimming.

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Israel uses its control of the Golan Heights only for its protection, not aggression. The Golan Heights must remain under the control and sovereignty of Israel.

Flo Ginsburg, Santa Monica

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