The Mitzpe Gadot (Gadot Lookout) War Memorial

During this short walk, you will hear a recording in English or Hebrew explaining the significance of this memorial and about the Syrian shelling of Israeli settlements in the Hula Valley below prior to the Six Day War, particularly the kibbutz of Gadot.

The fortified Syrian position here controlled the main road from the Galilee to the Golan and overlooked the Jordan and Hula Valleys. From 1948 until the Six Day War, the Syrians shelled Israeli settlements in the valley below from this position. Agricultural workers in the fields had to work behind tanks and children spent much of their time in shelters. The buildings of Kibbutz Godot just below this position were destroyed twice by shelling. On the second occasion, over a thousand shells were fired on the kibbutz. Only after the Six Day War when the Golan was in Israeli hands were the members of the kibbutz able to lead normal tranquil lives. Kibbutz Gadot is on the other side of the Jordan River and just a bit beyond the Beit Yaakov Bridge.

THE WALK

 

Time: About 30 minutes.

Distance: 3¾ Km there and back.

Type of walk: One-way.

Difficulty: An easy trail along a concrete path. Stroller and wheelchair friendly.

Directions: Enter “Mitzpe Gadot” into Waze. The parking lot is just beyond the turning from the road.

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  • From the parking lot walk up the hill to the memorial which is made of concrete and shaped like the entrance to a shelter.

 

  • ​Just beyond the memorial is a recording explaining the significance of this site.

 

  • Walk along the path to the far bunker for a good view of the valley below.

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A Syrian bunker position from before the Six Day War.