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  • Eilat Residents Protest Death of Israeli Shot by Egyptians

    Residents of Eilat dropped hundreds of wreaths into the waters off their resort town Saturday in memory of Shlomo Yisraeli, a local yachtsman killed a week ago in an encounter with the Egyptian coast guard. Earlier, some 200 angry Eilat boat and truck owners attempted to shut down the Israeli Egyptian border crossing at Taba… More ▸

  • Gambling off Coast of Eilat Hits Jackpot, Despite Accident

    Egyptian-owned gambling ships are earning as much as a million dollars a day in Israeli waters, and their number is increasing, despite a bad accident Sunday in the Gulf of Eilat. Two launches carrying gamblers to a floating casino off Eilat collided, hurling five people into the water. All were rescued, though one was badly… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Eilat Leaders Fear Loss of Taba Could Mean Economic Disaster

    If an international arbitration panel decides to give ownership of the half-square-mile stretch of Sinai beach called Taba to Egypt instead of Israel, the economic consequences could be serious for Eilat. Dov Sharf, senior assistant to mayor Rafi Hochman of Eilat, the Red Sea resort city less than nine miles north of Taba, explained his… More ▸

  • Eilat to Become Duty Free Port

    Premier Shimon Peres announced in Eilat today that Israel’s southern-most port town would become a free trade zone within the next two months. When the arrangement comes into force in April, value added tax and employers taxes will be cancelled. Income tax and company taxes will be reduced, cheap fuel will be available to aircraft… More ▸

  • Rain Mars Opening of Tourist Season at Normally Dry Eilat

    Eilat’s week-long celebration to mark the opening of its winter tourist season got off to a damp start Sunday. The normally dry resort town on the eastern extremity of the Red Sea was busy cleaning up and repairing damage caused by a sudden cloudburst which dumped an inch of rain in one hour last Friday…. More ▸

  • Foil Terrorist Plot to Shell Eilat

    Details of an elaborate terrorist plot to shell Eilat and ram an explosives-laden vessel on the beach crowded with Rosh Hashanah vacationers were disclosed today by security sources. The vessel, the 600-ton freighter Agios Demetrios, was sunk by an Israeli naval patrol boat last Saturday afternoon in Sinai coastal waters about 70 miles south of… More ▸

  • Eilat Signals Greetings to Hussein and Bride

    Officially, a state of war exists between Israel and Jordan. But that did not deter the Mayor and citizens of Eilat from sending warm congratulations to King Hussein and his new American bride, the former Elizabeth Halaby, last night when they arrived at the neighboring Jordanian town of Aqaba. The warmth was more than figurative…. More ▸

  • Spectal to the JTA New Chance for Eilat

    Since its founding 28 years ago this week. Eilat, Israel’s southernmost town, has experienced rise and decline in two areas of development–as a seaport and as an industrial center. It is now well into its third phase–as an international tourist resort and it is there that Eilat’s future seems to lie. On March 1,1949, a… More ▸