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.
February 27, 1989
Israel and Egypt signed agreements handing sovereignty over the Taba beach strip to Egypt, ending the seven-year-old dispute over the 765-yard border strip on the Gulf of Aqaba. Under the agreements, Israel will withdraw March 15, Israel Television said. The live television broadcast showed Israeli and Egyptian officials signing four agreements, the last of which re-draws the Israeli-Egyptian border to include Taba inside Egypt.
September 6, 1986 |
Failure to convene an Egyptian-Israeli summit meeting tentatively scheduled for next week could deal a severe setback to hopes for progress toward Middle East peace, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Friday in an interview. Peres said "time is running out" in the effort to conclude an agreement that would submit to binding arbitration a border dispute between the two countries over a sliver of beachfront called Taba.
February 9, 1995 |
U.S., Arab and Israeli trade ministers pledged to replace decades of conflict with free trade, regional cooperation and open markets in the Middle East. A declaration by the ministers from the United States, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian self-rule areas, meeting in the Red Sea resort of Taba, Egypt, called for an end to all trade barriers, including the Arab boycott of Israel. The declaration also announced the establishment of a group of government experts to assist in the process.
November 23, 1988 |
Israel ruled out action against Egypt today over its recognition of a Palestinian state declared by the PLO's parliament-in-exile. Aides said Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir ruled out any idea of retaliating by suspending implementation of an arbitration ruling awarding the disputed border resort of Taba to Egypt.
December 15, 1985
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Israel and Egypt have tentatively agreed to settle a border dispute through arbitration if their direct negotiations fail, Israel television reported. The dispute over 250 acres of beachfront at Taba on the Red Sea has clouded relations between the two countries since April, 1982, when Israel returned the last of the Sinai Peninsula--except for Taba--to Egypt under their 1979 peace treaty.