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No Winners from the 1974 War

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Submitted by Caleb (United States), Aug 28, 2010 at 00:38

Indeed, Nikki, everyone on Cyprus lost something by the 1974 events. But did the Abu Rudeis and Alma oil fields "belong" to Israel during its 1967-75 occupation of all of Sinai? The oil from there was enough for Israel's domestic needs, with a bit left over to sell, and it took full advantage during that period, only giving them back to Egypt in the context of a comprehensive peace and recognition agreement.

There is no such agreement in sight on Cyprus. Yes, Turks are not Israelis. They lack the funds and, perhaps, the organizing ability to make proper use of the town and its port facilities. The suffering of the innocent for the actions of their leaders is not exactly a new phenomenon.

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