The El Arish ceremony.
(photo credit: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL)
On May 25, 1979 - two months after Israel and Egypt signed a historic peace treaty - the Sinai Peninsula was handed back to Egypt. after 12 years under Israeli occupation.
A ceremony took place at El Arish, a dusty coastal town. It became the first still‐inhabited Arab town conquered in the 1967 war to be relinquished.
The blue and white Israeli flag was lowered and in its place, the Egyptian raised their red, white and black flag.
Today, 40 years later, the Egyptians and Israelis are still at peace.
All photos are courtesy of the Dan Hadani Archive at the National Library of Israel and used with permission.
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