JERUSALEM — Israeli leaders have rejected a U.S. proposal to solve a border dispute by giving Egypt sovereignty over the Red Sea beachfront at Taba and Israel access to it, Israeli government officials said on Friday.
A panel of international arbiters is due later this year to judge the conflicting claims of Israel and Egypt to the tiny territory. U.S. officials proposed a negotiated compromise rather than an imposed ruling on grounds that it would be less likely to strain relations between the two countries.
Israel has ruled the 250-acre strip of sand at Taba on the Red Sea since it captured the Sinai Desert from Egypt in the 1967 Six-Day War. It has returned the rest of the Sinai to Egypt.
During a visit to the region last month, State Department legal adviser Abraham Sofaer made the compromise proposal to both sides.