ISRAEL: A City in Sinai

Except for occasional maneuvering armies, the only people who ever lingered on the scrub-and cactus-sprinkled sand dunes of northeastern Sinai were Bedouin tribesmen. That will soon change. Within the next two months, Israeli surveyors—to be followed by bulldozers and construction workers—will begin charting the site for a new city in a 40-sq.-mi. strip of coastal land below the Gaza border town of Rafah in a corner of the Israeli-occupied Sinai Peninsula. By the end of 1974, a settlement large enough to support 350 families will have been built. By the end of the century, if the planners have their way,...

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