Druze dilemma

Golan Heights Druze are split between traditional loyalty to the Assad regime, support for Syrian rebels and a growing phenomenon to reconcile with Israel

Druze521 (photo credit: BAZ RATNER / REUTERS)
(photo credit: BAZ RATNER / REUTERS)
For 64-year-old Nazm Khater, the mere mention of his childhood as a Syrian citizen brings a wistful look to his eye. Sitting amid his lush cherry and apple orchard on the outskirts of Majdal Shams, the international border is just a few hundred meters further down the wadi, but Khater feels that his beloved Syria is both close enough to touch and a lifetime of memories away.
Khater was 18 years old when Israel captured the Golan Heights in 1967, old enough both to remember an idyllic period of time during which people were free to travel at will around the region.