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MOMENTOUS: Sudan to Sign Peace Deal With Israel

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“This deal came together as a result of negotiations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, facilitated and led by the United States,” Jared Kushner writes.

A strategic policy shift by President Trump three and a half years ago laid the foundation.

This is absolutely momentous. It is the Trump affect in action. And if true it will be a crushing blow for the Palestinian Authority. Huge credit must also go to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That is because Netanyahu has brilliantly leveraged Israel’s expertise in technology, security, agriculture, and defense, to take Israel’s diplomatic relations to unprecedented levels. By the way, if Sudan does in fact normalize relations with Israel, rest assured that more Muslim nations in Africa such as Niger, Mali, and Morocco will do the same. Times are changing.

Sudan and Israel say talks underway for deal to normalize ties

‘No reason for enmity to continue,’ says Khartoum official, predicting pact could be clinched by end of year; Netanyahu says Israel will do everything to make agreement happen

By Times of Israel, August 18, 2020

Sudan on Tuesday expressed interest in a peace deal with Israel, saying a treaty creating diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Khartoum could be signed by the end of the year or in early 2021.

The announcement was immediately feted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Sudan’s transitional leader earlier this year in a diplomatic breakthrough after years of enmity.

Sudan’s declaration came days after the United Arab Emirates on Thursday agreed to forge diplomatic ties with Israel, sparking feverish speculation over which Arab country would next transform its covert ties with the Jewish state into open recognition.

Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Haidar Badawi Sadiq told Sky News Arabia on Tuesday that Sudan “aspires towards a peace agreement with Israel… a relationship of equals built upon Khartoum’s interests.”

“There’s no reason for the enmity to continue,” Sadiq said. “We do not deny the communication between the two countries.”

“Both Sudan and Israel will benefit from such an agreement if it is signed, at the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” he continued, referring to Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen’s prediction of a Sudan-Israel agreement by the end of 2020.

Sadiq also praised the agreement to normalize ties between the United Arab Emirates and Israel as “courageous.”

A Sudanese government official told The Associated Press that deliberations between Sudanese and Israeli officials have been going on for months, with help from Egypt, the UAE and the US.

“It’s a matter of time. We are finalizing everything. The Emirati move encouraged us and helped calm some voices within the government who were afraid of backlash from the Sudanese public,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.

Arab countries have long conditioned their recognition of Israel on the formation of a Palestinian state and relinquishing of territories captured in 1967. But the UAE agreement appeared to herald a dramatic shift, whereby Arab-Israeli peace could precede an agreement with the Palestinians. With Sudan, that shift would gain symbolic heft, given Khartoum’s role as the birthplace of the Arab League’s so-called “three-nos” policy of 1967 — no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel and no negotiations with Israel.

A high-ranking Palestinian Liberation Organization member on Tuesday lamented Sudan’s interest in peace with Israel.

“Where are the living revolutionary people of Sudan?” asked senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi.

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