Saturday, March 26, 2016

Chess Instead of War

Source: Davar, nov. 7th, 1975, p. 18; photo credited to M. Kovich (ph. spelling) of Newsweek.
A frequent correspondent notified us of the above photograph, showing an Israeli officer (left) and an Egyptian one playing chess in UN position 512, one of the UN outposts charged with overseeing the demarcation between Israel and Egypt after the Yom Kippur War. The article notes that this shows the 'friendly relations' between the people on both sides at this location. They say chess is a substitute for war -- but rarely so literally. It should be noted that the photo was taken when Israel and Egypt were at least officially enemies, before the peace agreement of 1979.

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