Hilton Taba

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The Hilton Taba & Nelson Village (, ), formerly the Sonesta Hotel () and Kfar Nelson () is a hotel in Taba, Egypt. Built in 1976, it was the stumbling block in negotiations between Israel and Egypt over the final border between the two countries. After months of negotiation and a decision by the UN to grant Egypt the tiny strip of land, the hotel was finally sold to Egyptians and then later became part of the Hilton brand.

History

Eliyahu Paposchado built the Sonesta Hotel in 1979, six kilometres (4 mi) from Eilat and next to Raffi Nelson's Kfar Nelson, while the Sinai was under Israeli control. It was immediately considered one of Israel's premier hotels and would later prove to be a problem in the ensuing talks between the two nations. After the peace agreements were signed between the two nations, the status of the hotel and village were to be decided on future negotiations. In 1986, an international panel ruled that the land would be returned to Egypt, but that Israelis would be free to visit the tiny strip without paying a tax (to this day tourists do not pay a tax when travelling between Eilat and the Hilton Taba). In January, 1989 the hotel and adjacent village was turned over to Egypt. Remnants of the hotel's past are still prominent within the hotel. On the bottom floor, there is a 8.5 metres (28 ft) high wall relief, made in 1980-1981 with a Hebrew inscription by the Jerusalem sculptor, Daniel Kafri.

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