“Moshe, the Servant of Hashem, Assigned that Territory as a Possession”
“These were vanquished by Moshe, the servant of Hashem, and the Israelites; and Moshe, the servant of Hashem, assigned that territory as a possession to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Menashe.”
In this chapter, which summarizes the wars fought by the Children of Israel to take possession of the Promised Land, we are also reminded of the wars Moshe (Moses) fought. Moshe led the people against Sihon and Og, and captured the Gilead and the Bashan. This area became the inheritance of the tribes of Gad, Reuven and half of Menashe (see Numbers 32:33). The Bashan is now known as the Golan Heights, which Israel conquered in the Six Day War from Syria.
Towering over the north of the country, the Golan Heights provides an essential strategic perch that is vital for Israel’s security. Coupled with its biblical significance, the Golan Heights remain an important part of the State of Israel. In his final interview before suffering a massive stroke in 2006, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told Japanese reporters, “I am a Jew, and that is the most important thing for me. Therefore when it comes to the security of Israel I will not make any compromises…I don’t see any situation where Israel will not be sitting on the Golan Heights. (Breaking Israel News)
Opinion: Numbers 32:33
“Then Moses gave to the Gadites, the Reubenites and the half-tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan—the whole land with its cities and the territory around them”.
Genesis 49 records Jacob on his death bed giving his 12 sons an allotment of land as an inheritance. Gad, Reuben and Manasseh (son of Joseph) are mentioned in this passage.
In the exodus Moses and the Israelites were refused passage by the king of Sihon (modern day Jordan), who, along with his army, was slain by Moses and the Israelites at the battle of Edrei, on their journey to the promised land.
Og, king of Bashan (modern day Golan), attacked the Israelites and God handed them over to the Israelites in a great victory.
The Golan remains one of the territories that Israel has not relinquished after the 1967 war. Giving it back, which is what the world wants them to do, would make the cities and towns below into sitting ducks.
Still being kept quiet is the December 2016 announcement of a massive oil discovery in the Golan that is being downplayed as not commercially viable.
The Golan has been under constant tension since the 1967 war. The UN, Syria, Iran/Hezbollah, Russia, the EU, and the progressive left in the US, all want Israel to give it to Syria.
But the Golan is a strategic buffer of protection that belonged to Israel since time immemorial.