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.