Is Egypt’s Transfer Of Two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia a Risk for Israel?

, April 13, 2016

Lenny Ben-David, Jerusalem Center’s Director of Publications interviews Amb. Alan Baker.

Question of the day:
It was announced today that Saudi Arabia and Egypt have an agreement on two very key small Islands at the mouth of the Red Sea: Tiran and Snapir. What is the meaning of this agreement that transfers the Islands back to Saudi Arabia? After all these islands were the core of a casus belli in 1967 when the Egyptians closed the straits of Tiran.

About Amb. Alan Baker

Amb. Alan Baker is Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center and the head of the Global Law Forum. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, as well as agreements and peace treaties with Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. He served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel’s ambassador to Canada.