June 4, 1989 |
An Egyptian naval patrol shot and seriously wounded an Israeli man Saturday when he refused orders to stop his motorboat in Egyptian waters, Israeli police said. Egyptian and Israeli officials gave differing accounts of the incident. Foreign Ministry spokesman Allon Liel said Israel has asked Egypt for a "clarification" of the incident, which occurred in the Gulf of Aqaba, near Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat and Egypt's Taba beach. An Egyptian coast guard official told the state-run Middle East New Agency that the boat violated Egyptian territory and that Egypt had protested to Israel.
March 15, 1989 |
Egypt raised its flag over Taba today, gaining back from Israel the tiny strip of beach that was captured nearly 22 years ago and completing another article of the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries. Israel's Army Radio carried the noon transfer of sovereignty live as Egyptians made their way to a flagpole carrying an Egyptian flag and shouting in Arabic "God is great!"
October 18, 1988 |
Egypt has agreed to postpone implementation of an international ruling on the Taba border dispute with Israel until after Israel's general elections, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. An international arbitration panel awarded Egypt the 765-yard Red Sea resort last month. Israel held onto the strip after withdrawing from the rest of the Sinai Peninsula in 1982 under a U.S.-brokered peace treaty with Egypt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1988
Six years of dispute between Egypt and Israel over Taba, an enclave north of Aqaba Gulf, ended on Sept. 29. An international panel of judges declared its ruling on the dispute in favor of Egypt, settling the long-standing dispute over the right position of some of the demarcation line marks near Taba. Since the two countries had agreed to abide by the ruling long before it was known, it is expected that Israel will evacuate the disputed area and hand it back to Egypt. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is that the peace treaty signed on March 26, 1979, by both countries has survived a very serious test and has proved to be a very much needed step towards just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
September 30, 1988 |
An international arbitration panel on Thursday awarded most of a small patch of hotly disputed Sinai desert beachfront to Egypt, leaving Israel with slim hopes of retaining some of the territory, known as Taba. The arbitration panel, which met in Geneva, ruled that 15 boundary markers set by British colonial rulers constituted the true Israeli-Egyptian border, thus putting essentially all of the 700-yard-wide beach resort in Egyptian hands.
September 29, 1988 |
An international panel ruled today that Israel should hand over a tiny Red Sea beachfront to Egypt after a six-year border dispute between the two countries. However, the ruling left in question the last 200 yards running from the desert into the Red Sea, where Israel has built a luxury beach resort. The 4-1 verdict was issued in Geneva by a five-member international arbitration tribunal which said the resort of Taba, a 765-yard beach held by Israel, should be returned to Egypt.