National Geographic : 2009 Mar
• world had turned inside out. e nearby hotel lay in ruins, wailing masses of people were con- verging on their position, and now a battery of enormous trucks had arrived, piloted by their age-old enemies. A er a brief hesitation---ques- tions and answers shouted across that invisible line---the Egyptian soldiers made a momentous decision: Suspending their country s sovereignty, they withdrew their weapons and stepped aside so the re trucks could enter. At the site of the disaster, the Israeli re ghters worked alongside their Arab counterparts to put out the re and pull bodies from the wreck- age. e rescuers discovered that a main source of water for the re trucks, the hotel s seawater swimming pool, was empty, so the work was ery and slow. e Israelis and Egyptians---both victims and saviors---seemed more alike than apart in those hours. The rescue workers shared food and water---a gesture that in the Middle East carried resounding symbolism. Israeli Prime Minister Thousands of tourists flocked under electric palm trees, sipping mango smoothies and wearing sunglasses at midnight.