A bomb blast in a market place near Tel Aviv killed one woman and injured many others on Tuesday (27 March) to remind Israelis that the new peace treaty with Egypt does not mean an end to violence and terrorism in their country.
A bomb blast in a market place near Tel Aviv killed one woman and injured many others on Tuesday (27 March) to remind Israelis that the new peace treaty with Egypt does not mean an end to violence and terrorism in their country. Celebrations in Egypt and Israel marked the Washington signing, but the welcome was tempered by the knowledge that the two countries still have a long way to travel on the road to peace throughout the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo, people crowded around television screens to watch their President Anwar Sadat sign the peace treaty. In Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria, there were enthusiastic scenes. However, the response in the capital was subdued, with people worried about retaliatory action by Arab rejectionists. But some Egyptians did seem optimistic about the future.
MAN: It's very great important event for the Middle East, and it's alright, it's very good."
The signing ceremony was the main story in Cairo newspapers, but the headlines were no larger than for many other events.
In Tel Aviv, thousands took to the streets to watch a firework display coinciding with the signing ceremony. But the celebrations were again low key, and most Israeli towns were quiet as the significant moment arrived.
Israelis are worried about return of Sinai to the Egyptians, saying it threatens their future security. Despite assurances from prime Minister Menachem Begin, his people are also concerned that the treaty will lead to a speedy with withdrawal from Gaza and the West Bank. So, despite the fireworks, people seemed wary about the treaty signalling a new era of peace.
Just before the Washington ceremony, a hand grenade was thrown in Jerusalem, injuring nine people, including five tourists. In the Holy City, too, there were mixed emotions with Arabs staging a general strike. At the Wailing Wall, there was dancing and Israelis of all ages flocked to the city's most sacred shrine to give thanks for an important step in the direction of peace.