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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The Fruits of 'Peace'

Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979, as a result of which, Israel surrendered the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt (including, as a result of international arbitration, the Taba resort which is just south of the current Israeli-Egyptian border), and Egypt became the second largest recipient of United States foreign aid. While the 'peace' has often been referred to as a 'cold peace' and the tourist traffic has almost entirely been Israelis going to Egypt and not vice versa (I was in Egypt myself in 1980), occasionally things happen that make many of us wonder whether we are at peace with the Egyptians and whether we ever will be. (You may recall that two nights ago I posted an item about an Egyptian television series that promotes anti-American hatred that is currently being shown in the 'Palestinian Authority').

Arutz Sheva is reporting this morning that Egypt prevented ten Israeli yachtsman from taking part in an international regatta this past month.
The crew of two yachts from Israel left Tel Aviv as part of the Med-Red Rally, which runs through the Suez Canal to the Egyptian port of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The vessels were stopped in the Suez this week by Egyptian security forces and accused of not having the proper papers. Even if the papers are now obtained, the group will be unable to catch up with the other international vessels to take part in the regatta.
This is 'peace'?


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