On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 I visited Bental Mountain Observatory for the fourth time. Each time I visit I am in awe of how Israel has yet persisted to survive throughout the years. Lebanon and Syria are a stones throw away and the borders are watched by a few observers stationed at the observatory.
We heard a very educational lecture, "The Balance of Power on Israel's Northern Border," a field seminar and dialogue with Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Sarit Zehavi, a Senior Intelligence Officer and subject matter expert on the Israeli Northern Border.
After the lecture we had the opportunity to walk around the observatory and witness first-hand an abandoned United Nations post, Israeli military facilities, the border lines of Syrian and Lebanon as well as snow caps on Israel's highest point, Mount Hermon.
Some of our group went on to Tsfat, a center of Jewish mysticism to tour the town, visit the glass blower Sheva Chaya, and strolled along the streets of the artist colony. Another group went to a visit the local Adir Goat Dairy Farm and Winery.
It was an enlightening, educational, and fun-filled day spent with amazing women.
Karen Biron is a WRJ Board Member and lives in Stuttgart, Germany.