The improved relations between Israel and Egypt has meant a freedom for Israeli journalists who are in Egypt to cover the Cairo talks.
The improved relations between Israel and Egypt has meant a freedom for Israeli journalists who are in Egypt to cover the Cairo talks. On Sunday (18 December) a group of television journalists visited the Suez Canal. They were the first Israeli reporters to do so.
SYNOPSIS: They arrived in the area, a restricted zone, just 24 hours after an announcement that Egypt had obtained foreign loans of 600 million dollars to start a redevelopment of the Canal which will eventually allow super tankers to use it. For the Israeli visitors, there was a unique opportunity to report from the point marking the westward limit of the Israeli advance in the 1973 war.
Grim souvenirs of war, are still very much in evidence. One of the results of any peace settlement could involve Israeli use of the Canal. At present only ships going to Israel are allowed to pass through it. It is closed to ships flying the Israeli flag.
President Sadat has said that the Canal is "one of the main pillars of the Egyptian economy". The work that is going on is concerned not only with deepening the Canal; whole settlements are being developed. But Suez does not forget the battles of the past. As the Governor of Suez General Mahrous Abu Hussein explained to the journalists, some relics are preserved just outside his office.