Anger in Sudan as Israeli delegation visits to normalize ties

2020-10-22 16:13:46
Anger in Sudan as Israeli delegation visits to normalize ties

A delegation from Israel has traveled to Sudan to discuss normalization of ties with the North African country amid attempts by the US to pressure Arab nations to forge diplomatic ties with Israel.

Israeli public broadcaster Kan radio said the delegation visited Sudan’s capital on Wednesday, but gave no further details about the discussions held in Khartoum.

Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told Israel’s Channel 13 News that he believed the Israeli regime was “very close to normalizing ties with Sudan.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office and the Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment when asked about prospects for a breakthrough with Sudan.

Normalizing ties with Israel would have been unthinkable until recently in a country where public hostility toward the Zionist regime remains strong.

Deadly anti-Israel protest hits Khartoum

Amid news of Sudan’s imminent normalization with Israel, a number of Sudanese youths took to the streets to voice their anger at the developments.

Chanting anti-government slogans, the protesters burned the Israeli flag in al-Sahafa area south of the capital Khartoum on Wednesday.

According to Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), one protester was killed and 13 others were injured by police east of the capital.

The visit comes amid American attempts to get more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel before the November election.

US President Donald Trump has said that “at least five or six countries” are poised to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalizing relations with Israel.

Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis said that the US would announce another deal establishing ties between Israel and an Arab or Muslim country before the US election.

He claimed several countries were candidates to normalize relations with Israel, but declined to name them.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that Washington had begun the process of removing Sudan from its “terrorism list” and was also working “diligently” to get Khartoum to recognize Israel.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House last month amid outrage across Palestine and elsewhere throughout the Muslim world at the Arab regimes’ sheer betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

With the US-brokered deals, the UAE and Bahrain have become only the third and fourth Arab states to ever normalize their relations with Israel after Egypt and Jordan.

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