Golan HeightsGo·lan Heights
hilly region northeast of the Sea of Galilee: part of SW Syria until occupation (1967) & annexation (1981) by Israel
also the Golan
An upland region between northeast Israel and southwest Syria northeast of the Sea of Galilee. Fortified by Syria after 1948, the area was captured by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and unilaterally annexed by that country in 1981, although Syria continues to lay claim to the region.