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While read­ing Dvora Waysman’s ar­ti­cle about her trip to Egypt af­ter the 1979 peace ac­cord (“Cross­ing the bor­der,” March 22), I was re­minded of a sim­i­lar trip that my hus­band and I took 20 years later. El Al was run­ning three- to four-day trips from Ben-Gu­rion to Cairo as a pro­mo­tion and as his­to­ri­ans, we both were ea­ger to see the pyra­mids and Val­ley of Kings, among other “won­ders of the an­cient world.” Our trip was sched­uled al­most ex­actly to the day of the 20th an­niver­sary of the Egyp­tian-Is­raeli ac­cord, and as we drove to Ben-Gu­rion we were in­un­dated with flags, signs and speeches cel­e­brat­ing that event.

Ex­pect­ing to see a sim­i­lar com­mem­o­ra­tion in Egypt, we were sur­prised to find ab­so­lutely no men­tion of the ac­cord at all, nei­ther on the streets nor at any news­stand. Cou­pled with the fact that when we dis­em­barked from our El Al plane, all men­tion of that air­line or of Is­rael dis­ap­peared, to be re­placed by an­other name and agency, we were forced to con­clude that the cel­e­bra­tory spirit was only one-sided.

Look­ing at the ex­ten­sive news cov­er­age of the ac­cord in “Peace in our Time,” in the March 22 is­sue of the Mag­a­zine, I won­dered if in­deed it so re­mains to­day.


Beit Shemesh

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