The Valley of Tears was the scene of one of the most important battles of the Yom Kippur War. In general terms Israel was taken by surprise at the outset of the Yom Kippur War, having ignored or misinterpreted much of the intelligence reports.
At the Valley of Tears around 200 Israeli tanks held off about 1400 Syrian tanks over the course a a few days, breaking the momentum of the Syrian attack and giving Israel time to organize. In many ways the exploits of the 77 Battalion of the 7th Brigade saved much of Israel from the Syrian invasion. Their story has fittingly passed into Israeli legend. The tales of battalion commander Avigdor Kahalini jumping from tank to tank, during the Israeli counterattack, are known to every child. He later became an Israeli politician.
At the sight today, there is a lookout point, a grove of trees in memory of the fallen, a description of the combat, and a burnt out Syrian tank. Sometimes you can see Israeli tanks on site – adding a touch of authenticity. Today, however, the scenery is completely different as the site is set amongst pretty orchards.
Tazpit Kuneitra – a pretty lay-by to park and enjoy the view and a picnic, under Mt Ortal north of Ein Zivan.
The chocolate factory at Ein Zivan
Turn east (from road 98) opposite Kibbutz El Ram and follow the signs through the orchards.