A geopolitical earthquake just hit the Middle East

For once, I am going to agree with President Donald Trump in his use of his favourite adjective - "huge".

The agreement brokered by the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish full normalisation of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Mr Trump said it was in his tweet: A "HUGE breakthrough".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2020, with the headline 'A geopolitical earthquake just hit the Middle East'. Print Edition | Subscribe