A new sea link has been opened between Israel and Egypt -- an indirect result of the latest round of peace talks between President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin.
A new sea link has been opened between Israel and Egypt -- an indirect result of the latest round of peace talks between President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin. The Egyptian President brought his flagship and naval escort to Israel for the start of the three day talks. Israeli officials said the voyage had opened a sea lane between Alexandria and Haifa and effectively built a bridge between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The arrival of the Egyptian warships in Haifa also marked the first friendly meeting between the two navies of the former adversaries. While President Sadat and mr Begin worked on the remaining problems of their peace treaty, the Egyptian sailors were accorded a full scale welcome, complete with specially arranged banquets and tours of the countryside. In a welcoming speech the Israeli Naval Commander Admiral Zeev Almog told the Egyptians their historic visit symbolised the handshake of peace rather than the trigger squeezing both sides had been used to.
During many of the activities surrounding the visit senior officer from the two countries sat side by side. Some of them had been enemies in three wars.
On the second day of their visit the sailors were shown through an Israeli Kibbutz. A warm welcome awaited as they arrived at Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim outside of Haifa. Here they were given an insight into life in Israel.
As the two navies adjusted to their new relationship Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat announced they'd reached agreement on two outstanding points of their peace treaty -- the supply of Egyptian oil to Israel and supervision of Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai desert.