I am spending a few days in Sharm el Sheikh at the base of the Sinai Peninsula. Today, in the tour office where I was arranging a boat trip for tomorrow, I saw a map. It showed three countries, Egypt, Palestine (which covered all the area of Palestine and Israel) and Jordon. Not one Israeli city was on the map include Eilat. I wondered if this was an old map, a current map or a horrible dream of a future without Israel. It was ironic that I saw this in a tour office. Israel was the country the developed Sharm as a tourist destination during the period it occupied Sinai and it turned all that over to the Egyptians who built extended the work the Israelis did in developing Sharm as a tourist destination.
Sharm is part of Egypt and is set up to make it easy for tourists. For instance you do not need a visa. There are many flights to Sharm from all over Europe and particularly for England and Russia. Sharm has more that 30 hotels including several 5 start hotels. It is basically a peninsula with one of the water ways being the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal) and the Gulf of Aqab. At the top of this Gulf lies there cities, Taba (Egypt), Eilat (Israel) and Aqaba (Jordan). You can actual travel from Egypt to Jordon via Eilat in about ten minutes. On the very top east of Sinai, is Gaza one of the greatest hell holes in the earth with a populations of 500,000 people in an area about 17.5 sq miles. Contrast that to Sinai which has 23,000 Sq miles for 1.3 million people. I always have to wonder why those that rag on Israel (rightfully or wrongly) never call out Egypt for not doing much of anything to help the Palestinians. Why could Israel and Egypt not cooperate to build a resort area in the Mediterranean in Egypt just next to Gaza that could employee some of these people. The Gaza people have lots of construction experience.Or why not set up factories there. Or do something to help these people. By the way, Gaza is a bit less than 50 miles from Tel Aviv and every year the missiles they send get a bit closer to the large Israeli population centers. It is a little like having al-Qaida based in San Jose and sending missiles at Palo Alto but hoping to send them into San Francisco soon.