Analysis: Back to the Tiran Straits and a bridge too far

Two islands and a bridge are posing a major challenge to the security of Israel and that of Jordan. Spanning the Gulf of Aqaba, the bridge or causeway will link Egypt and Saudi Arabia. At the same time, Egypt will transfer the small islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi sovereignty.

These two islands command the only access from the Gulf of Aqaba to the Red Sea and from there routes to Africa, Asia and Australia. Yet the change in status quo has far reaching consequences.


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