Neve Ativ (Hebrew: נְוֵה אַטִי"ב), is a small Alpine-styled Israeli settlement (moshav) in the Golan Heights, founded in 1972, and located on the slopes of Mount Hermon, 2 kilometers (1 mi) west of Majdal Shams.
About 37 families live there. The name Ativ is an acronym for four fallen soldiers from the Egoz Reconnaissance Unit killed in action in the Golan: Avraham Hameiri, Tuvia Ellinger, Yair Elegarnty, and Binyamin Hadad.
The moshav's main industry is tourism. Neve Ativ operates a thriving ski resort on 25 kilometers (16 mi) of ski runs on the slopes of the 9,232 feet (2,814 m)-above-sea-level Mount Hermon (whose peak is actually held by Syria), about 35 kilometers (22 mi) from Damascus, and is the closest organized lodging area for visitors to the area.
The ski resort was wrecked in the Yom Kippur War. One season later, however, it was back in business as the only Israeli ski resort. Frank Riley wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "This is a mountain and an experience that should happen at least once in every skier's lifetime." The ski season lasts three months, on average (December-March). In one weekend in January 2000, the ski site had 11,000 visitors. Later that month, the leaders of Neve Ativ expressed a hope to turn the ski resort into a joint Israeli-Syrian venture, opening it on both the Israeli and Syrian sides as an international tourist attraction.
Israel and Syria fought major battles in the area in 1967 and 1973, and it remains a strategic military position. Neve Ativ was built on the land where the former, destroyed Syrian village Jubata ez-Zeit once sat.
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- ↑ Sandler, Neil, "AS ISRAELIS DEBATE THE FATE OF THE GOLAN...;...SKIERS AND INVESTORS FLOCK TO ITS SLOPES", August 8, 1994, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ Gee, Robert W., "They're not heavenly, but the Holy Land has slopes," Austin American-Statesman, February 10, 2002, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ "Ski resort back in business," Chicago Tribune, March 7, 1975, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ Riley, Frank, "Skiing Biblical Bashan Near Israel's Historic Treasures," Los Angeles Times, January 4, 1981, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ Kaplan, Janet, "Dive, rappel, cycle, plunge, snuba, soak, hike in Israel," Jweekly, September 10, 2009, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ Rudge, David, "Mt. Hermon swamped by 11,000 visitors," Jerusalem Post, January 10, 2000, accessed December 18, 2009
- ↑ "Hermon Ski Resort Hopes for Cooperative Management with Syrians," Israel Wire, January 20, 2000, accessed December 19, 2009
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