The Israeli Government has agreed to uproot the disputed settlement of Elon Moreh, on the Arab West Bank.
The Israeli Government has agreed to uproot the disputed settlement of Elon Moreh, on the Arab West Bank. The settlement, founded amid international outcry in June, was declared illegal by the Supreme Court and on Thursday (1 November), the Israeli Cabinet agreed that the settlement was not important for military security, and would have to go. On Wednesday (31 October), military security in the Sinai was inspected by the Egyptian and Israeli defence ministers, as they toured a monitoring station run by the American Sinai Field Mission - the S.F.M.
SYNOPSIS: The defence ministers - Mr. Ezer Weizman of Israel and General Kamal Hassan Ali from Egypt spoke to newsmen at the Giddi pass.
After their talks, the two Ministers were shown round the Sinai Field Mission base at Um Khoshiba, in the heart of Sinai's buffer zone. It was here the Egyptians and israelis sealed their peace treaty in April, when they exchanged instruments of ratification. Now, perched high on top of the Giddi Pass, this American-manned monitoring station keeps watch over troop movements in the surrounding desert.
The staff, in orange regulation clothing, monitor all Egyptian and Israeli manoeuvres. Now, with peace the joint responsibility of Egypt, Israel and the United States, their work will become even more important.
Next day, outside the Egyptian town of El Arish, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat accompanied by General Hassan, Ali, visited the town's war monument. Prayers were held in memory of the many hundreds of men who fell at El Arish during fierce fighting in the 1967 Egyptian-Israeli war.
El Arish was one of the first Egyptian towns to fall during the war, as Israeli troops advanced westward along the country's coastal road. As the focal point for strong resistance and a counter-attack, El Arish was the scene of some of the highest losses of manpower for the Egyptians. The Egyptian daily paper Al Ahram estimated that altogether some five thousand men were killed in the 1967 war.
In memory of the fallen, President Sadat and Defence Minister General Hassan Ali, led the way towards the El Arish monument. There, the President placed a wreath of flowers as a symbol of the nation's grief, and paid his respects to the victims of the Middle East conflict.