Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Taba Gaza (1988)

Taba Gaza (1988) Dry Bones cartoon - .
Today's Golden Oldie is from September 1988.
Exactly twenty years ago this month.

Back then, we and the Egyptians were arguing over the borderline between our two countries. On the Red Sea, the border question was whether a small area in Sinai called Taba would be included in Egypt's territory, or would the border be drawn to include it in Israel. In the end we went for international arbitration (and lost).

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There was no question on the Mediterranean Sea border. We insisted on not giving control of Gaza back to the Egyptians, and they let us have our way. As you can see from the cartoon, I saw nothing but trouble ahead if we "kept" Gaza. But, hey, who listens to cartoonists?!

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