War Tourism in the Golan Heights: The War Next Door (Part 3)

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released. But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s. In part three of a five-part series, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the top tourist destination in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Up here, tourists and UN observers stand side by side as they enjoy the great vantage of volcanic hills, sprawling vineyards, and Syria’s civil war. Watch Part 1 – http://bit.ly/1AuJhp5 Watch Part 2 – http://bit.ly/1C3kXyE Watch Part 4 – http://bit.ly/1t1IT2Q Watch Part 5 – http://bit.ly/1zueRXd Read “Why Saudi Arabia is Picking Up Lebanon’s $3 Billion Weapons Tab” – http://bit.ly/13IJwmj Read “New Evidence Suggests Israel Is Helping Syrian Rebels in the Golan Heights” – http://bit.ly/1BroztZ Read “Syria and Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes Near Damascus” – http://bit.ly/1IK7sWh Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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