This book demonstrates that the strategic importance of the Golan Heights lies in three spheres: defense, deterrence, and bargaining asset. It examines security arrangements that are a crucial element for Israel's security and for the prevention of war with Syria during the transition period.
Introduction Part I: Political and Historical Background 1. Political Background 2. The Palestine-Syria and Israel-Syria order 3. Lessons from Agreements and 4. Security Relations, 1949–1955 5. Israel's 1967 Proposal and 1970 Plan Part II: Major Obstacles in Peace Negotiations 6. The Territorial Question and the Content of Peace 7. The Jewish Settlements on the Golan Heights 8. Israeli Law on the Golan Heights 9. Linkage With Additional Agreements 10. The Druze Population on the Golan Heights Part III: Topography and the Balance of Forces 11. Topography and Security 12. The Balance of Forces Part IV: Security Risks for Israel 13. Probable Risks in the Aftermath of a Peace Treaty 14. Absence of Early-Warning Intelligence 15. Threat from the Air 16. War 17. Extension of the Front to Lebanon 18. Israel's Water Resources Part V: Security Arrangements in the Transition Period 19. Solutions Proposed to Date 20. Egypt and Israel: Security and Normalization 21. Superpower Guarantees, a US Force, Limitations on Syria 22. Early-Warning Facilities and the IDF's Deployment 23. Author's Proposal and Conclusion