The thirty-one year-old state of war between Egypt and Israel formally ended on Wednesday (25 April) at the United States early-warning station at Khosheiba in the Sinai Peninsula.
The thirty-one year-old state of war between Egypt and Israel formally ended on Wednesday (25 April) at the United States early-warning station at Khosheiba in the Sinai Peninsula. Representative of the two Middle Eastern Countries exchanged ratifications of the peace treaty that emerged from 16 months of summit negotiations. The following day (26 April), Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman conferred at Ismailia in Egypt on Israeli's handover next month of the Mediterranean township of El-Arish, the capital of the Sinai.
SYNOPSIS: First the Egyptian military band..but the ceremony was delayed for two hours. Reuters quoted the Israeli representative, Dr. Eliahu Ben-Elissar as saying the delay came about because the single word "inhabitants" was omitted from the text of an Egyptian side letter to the treaty. The letter referred to autonomy for Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip and Jordan West Bank. Dr. Ben-Elissar, who is director general of Prime Minister Menachem Begin's office, came onto the signing platform with Egyptian delegate Saad Afra.
Dr. Ben-Elissar said the ceremony went ahead after Egypt promised to send a letter to Israel cancelling out the confusion over the missing word.
After the exchange, there were handshakes all round, with the United States ambassadors to Israel and Egypt taking part. Dr. Ben Elissar then spoke.