A good dramatization of this situation can be seen in a 2004 film The Syrian Bride. The movie is about a Druze woman in Majdal Shams, who is going to marry a Syrian Druze man she has never met. It took six months to obtain permission from the Israeli administration to walk over the border zone, a very rare crossing.
Rob and I were only around Majdal Shams for a couple days. We stayed in nearby Neve Ativ, driving up into Majdal Shams during the day, then down into the surrounding cherry and apple orchards, which are harvested by the villagers and contribute a large part to their local economy. I recall cruising along the tiny dirt roads that weave in and out of the orchards, encountering a Druze man on a mud-caked tractor every so often.
Ironically, one of the best things that happened to us in the village was that we laundered our clothes for a very low price. By the time we hit Majdal Shams, we'd been traveling through Europe and Israel for about a month. We were in dire need of clean underwear. I can't say we became clean and modest enough to be initiated into the secrets of the Druze, but it was never our intention to stick around the town forever.
Lara Sterling authors Twisted Vagabondage Tales for travelers who like it rough. She is prettier than Vagabonding author Rolf Potts (though Rolf is very pretty) and could kick his ass (though only if he'd like that). She has written for Playboy and Larry Flynt Publications but now hosts an online radio show and blogs at yourplotthickens.blogspot.com.