The simplified elements shown in Figure 1 and used here, have been produced in plexiglass, well suited for demonstration of the principles of the system to a limited audience. The scale of the Plexi Pieces is such that the pieces can be used on a standard 1:250,000 map of Israel.
The water issues (see Figure 2 and 4) and the strategic considerations involving the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the Gaza strip have been clarified in a series of articles published in Security Affairs and elsewhere ("Demilitarization Risks," "Golan Crucial for Israeli Security" and "Rabin’s ‘Allon Plan.’"). Both the Plexi Pieces and reprints of these articles can be obtained from the author, or from the organizations listed on the back page.
Figure 3 and 4: The topographical slope and commanding position of the Golan Heights is key to understanding their supreme strategic value as Israel‘s "Watershed" and as the strategic "Perch" overlooking the upper Galilee and the entire North of Israel (see also Figure 5). The Plexi Pieces make it possible to explain these issues in a clear manner.
The Golan mountains topographically channel attacking Syrian tanks through two key bottleneck areas (1) and (2) on the map in Figure 7 below. These natural terrain bottlenecks allow the defending Israeli general to maximize the defensive value of Israel’s small standing army by focusing his limited troops on only those two relatively small spots.
In the 1973 Yom Kippur War (as depicted on the map), the Golan’s strategic terrain enabled Israel’s standing force of 150 defending tanks to stop the Syrian standing force of 1500 attacking tanks. This "Breathing Space" gave the IDF the critical 48 hours to call up and deploy Israel’s reserve soldiers. For full explanations, please refer to the articles "Demilitarization Risks," "Golan Crucial for Israeli Security" and "Rabin’s ‘Allon Plan.’"