Cover story | Fifty years after the dramatic gains of the Six-Day War, Israel is shoring up contested borders as a bulwark against persistent Islamic foes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/06/17, 12:03 am
JERUSALEM—Mount Hermon rises in the distance bearing a fading snowcap, surrounded by high wisps of clouds on a late spring day. In the near distance, scuffs of dust fly, making clouds of their own as Syrian forces recommence firing on rebel positions. Mortar rounds thwunk, creating puffs of smoke that billow first here, then there, across the horizon. As they land in swift succession, the plains before Mount Hermon exhale red dust.