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  • Eilat Mayor Tries to Invite Jordanian Mayor to Conference

    The mayor of Eilat, Rafi Hochman, managed over the weekend to put through a direct telephone call to his counterpart in the neighboring Jordanian town of Aqaba, Ibrahim Abul-Izz. But he could not get a direct reply from Abul-Izz to his invitation to attend an international mayors conference in Eilat next month. Hochman told Israel… More ▸

  • Eilat Hotel Gutted by Raging Fire

    One of the worst fires in Israel’s history destroyed the three-story Queen of Sheba Hotel in Eilat early Monday morning, routing its 250 guests, 25 of whom were hospitalized. Israeli air force transports and planes of Arkia, the domestic airline, ferried firefighters from different parts of the country to the Red Sea resort town, whose… More ▸

  • Israel to Allow Egyptian Refugees Fleeing Iraq to Cross Through Eilat

    Israel will allow thousands of Egyptians fleeing Iraq and Kuwait to cross its territory on their way home, Israel Television reported Monday night. Foreign Minister David Levy granted permission after he received a personal request on the matter from the Egyptian ambassador, Mohammed Basiouny, who flew immediately to Cairo with Israel’s favorable response, Israel Television… More ▸

  • Israel Won’t Take Part in Blockade, Though Eilat Area Could See Action

    The Persian Gulf crisis may be moving toward Israeli waters, but Defense Minister Moshe Arens assured the country Tuesday that Israel is not participating in the U.S.-led blockade against Iraq. Arens specifically denied an NBC-TV news report that Israel asked the United States for additional aircraft and attack helicopters to help in the blockade of… More ▸

  • 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 ▸