Cowboys have been running a ranch on the Golan’s volcanic rocky plateau for some 35 years. They also host the Israeli military, who use half of the cattle farm, 20,000 dunams (5,000 acres), as a live-fire training zone. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed the territory in 1981, a move not recognized internationally.

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Israeli cowboys tend cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit, an Israeli cowboy, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit, an Israeli cowboy, treats his horse after working with cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Alon, an Israeli cowboy, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav and Alon, tend cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, the chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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An Israeli cowboy pushes cattle into their pen on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Alon, an Israeli cowboy, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Israeli cowboys lead cattle into their pen on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Alon, an Israeli cowboy, tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit sits next to a truck loaded with cattle from the Yonatan herd on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd looks at a truck loaded with cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, walks next to Israeli soldiers on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit, an Israeli cowboy, leads his horse after working with cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit unloads his horse after working with cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, takes his horses back to their stalls on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Alon, an Israeli cowboy, unloads his horse on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Alon, an Israeli cowboy, fixes his boot as he tends cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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A horse eats on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Israeli cowboys unload their horses after working with cattle on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Horse riding equipment is seen in the staff room of a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, and his team eat at the end of the day just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit, an Israeli cowboy, gets dressed for work on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Nadav, chief cowboy of Yonatan herd, gets his horse ready on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Israeli cowboys get ready on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS

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Amit, an Israeli cowboy, gets ready on a ranch just outside Moshav Yonatan, south of the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. NIR ELIAS/REUTERS