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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-07-05

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GRAND OPENING

NEWS

Israel, Egypt Continue
Fight Over Taba Beach

Friday, July 5, 1985 3
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Jerusalem — A tiny desert
paradise is at the, center of a
tense political tug-of-war be-
tween two old Middle East foes,
Israel and Egypt. The 100-yard
strip of beach at Taba, claimed
to be "holy Egyptian soil" by
one side and a pleasure paradise
by the other, has become one of
the hottest pieces of real estate
in the world.
Taba has soured relations be-
tween Egypt and Israel, who
signed a peace treaty just six
years ago, but that is a price the
Israelis seem willing to pay to
keep this small stretch of beach.
When Israel pulled out of the
Sinai Desert following the peace
treaty, it stopped just short,
keeping for itself the sliver of
land at Taba, which now forms
the international border be-
tween the two countries.
Danny Eitan, who is responsi-
ble for keeping the peace on the
beach at Taba feels that "Poli-
tics is a dirty word here, it
would be a big mistake to give
Taba to the Egyptians. It will
not buy us peace."
That feeling is shared by Rail
Nelson, father of the Taba
"tribe" of funseekers who set up
his desert oasis 15 years ago.
Since then his private stretch of
beachfront, known as Nelson's
Village, has become a major
tourist attraction with a
worldwide reputation. Nelson's

Village and the Taba skyline
are dominated by the five-star
Aviya Sonesta Hotel, which was
built by a consortium of local
businessmen after the peace
treaty was signed.
Irish-born Frank White at 24
is a Taba veteran. He has been
living on the beach for three
years — making and selling
jewelry. Now he has been joined
by his Israeli girlfriend, Dorora
Halili, who has just completed
her army service. "The Israelis
lost a lot when they gave back
the Sinai — this is all that's
left. There's nothing for the
Egyptians here," he says an-
grily. "They're not interested in
Taba. Only in a moral victory
over Israel."
That's an option shared by
22-year-old Israeli Aviad Aha-
roni. He says: "The Egyptians
tell us Taba is the answer to
peace. It's not. They've got a
great sense of humor and it's
time our politicians realized it."
Aviad, who was wounded during
his army service in Lebanon,
fears there is a growing feeling
among young Israelis that an-
other war with its Arab
neighbors is inevitable. "We
don't want it. But until they
realize Israel cannot be pushed
into' the sea, there is potentially
a very dangerous situation," he
adds.

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World Zionist Press Service.

Israeli Television
Shows Positive Images

BY DAVID HOLZEL

Jerusalem — "When the first
pictures appeared on the screen,
the Arabs began to think of us
as human beings."
This is Yosef Bar-El's assess-
ment of the impact made by Is-
rael Television's 'Arabic-
language broadcasts on the
Arab world. Bar-El, director of
Arabic-language Television, es-
timates his potential audience
as nine million viewers in an
area extending to Beirut,
Damascus, Amman and Cairo;
and including, Israel and the
territories.
Ninty-five percent of the
possible Israeli-Arab households
tune in, Bar-El maintains, as
well as .40 percent of the Jewish
homes. Bar-El's audience is a
loyal •one, considering he broad-
casts only 14 hours of pro-
gramming a week, and not at
peak viewing hours. This is be-
cause Arabic television must
share Israel's single channel
with twd other Israeli television
services.
In the hours allotted to him
Bar-El transmits news, current
events, - children's programs,
family entertainment and films.
However, as the Arabic-
language voice of the Jewish
state, Arabic Television is more
than a source of news and
entertainment: "We are trying
to improve the perception of Is-
rael in the eyes of the Arabs
around us," Bar-El explains.

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"We want to show the real Is-
rael, the everyday Israel, in
order to counter-balance Arab
propaganda."
It isn't necessary to spell the
message out in words, he be-
lieves, and it is this creative ap-
proach to programming that
won Bar-El the Israel Prize.
This marks the first time that
an Arabic-language medium
won this honor.
On one of the most novel pro-
grams broadcast on the Arabic-
language Service, answers are
given to mailed queries on polit-
ical issues. "We get 200 letters a
day just from hostile countries
alone," says Edmond Sehayek,
director of Kol Yisrael's (Israel
Radio) Arabic Service.
Sehayek says the message
that the Arabic Service trans-
mits to its listeners is that Is-
rael is a part of the Middle East
and desires peace . with its Arab
neighbors. Bonds are forged in
concrete ways, he explains,
through the information broad-
cast on the , numerous agricul-
tural and medical programs.
These are areas in which Israel
is more advanced than the
Arabs, and the programs greatly
benefit the listeners, he says.
As Bar-El puts it: "Our mes-
sage is naive, but frank: The
conflict may last for eternity.
But please, without violence."

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