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World Sudanese split over normalising relations with Israel

14:05  25 october  2020
14:05  25 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Israel – Sudan normalization agreement is an agreement that took place on October 23, 2020, whereby Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize relations .

Wadaa lashed out at the Sudanese government over making normalization with Israel a condition for resolving economic woes. US President Donald Trump announced on Friday at the White House that Sudan and Israel had agreed to normalize relations .

Sudan's move to normalise relations with Israel has laid bare deep splits within society, with some bashing the deal as betrayal and others as a way to rescue the devastated economy.

Map of Middle East showing the countries that have established diplomatic relations or have had informal cooperation (economic, visits, etc.) with Israel. © Alain BOMMENEL Map of Middle East showing the countries that have established diplomatic relations or have had informal cooperation (economic, visits, etc.) with Israel.

The move -- announced Friday -- came shortly after US President Donald Trump declared that Washington was formally moving to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation that strangled Khartoum's economy for decades.

a close up of a flag: The flags of Israel and Sudan; a deal with Israel would make Sudan the third Arab country since August -- after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain -- to forge peace with the Jewish nation © JACK GUEZ The flags of Israel and Sudan; a deal with Israel would make Sudan the third Arab country since August -- after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain -- to forge peace with the Jewish nation

But the announcement revealed divisions between political forces in Sudan, currently undergoing a rocky transition since the April 2019 ouster of strongman Omar al-Bashir following mass protests against his three-decade rule.

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a person standing on a beach: Sudan and Israel have moved to normalise ties but many in the North African nation are divided on the issue, which comes amid demonstrations demanding Khartoum's government solve a worsening economic crisis, including these protesters this week © Ebrahim HAMID Sudan and Israel have moved to normalise ties but many in the North African nation are divided on the issue, which comes amid demonstrations demanding Khartoum's government solve a worsening economic crisis, including these protesters this week

To some in Sudan, the move seemed to be a matter of economic pragmatism to end international isolation.

Others however saw it as a step too far, a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause, and beyond the mandate of the transitional government which took power after Bashir's ouster.

Sudanese analyst Othman Mirghani said the priority for the government was saving the economy, which has seen inflation soar to over 200 percent.

"The government had expected that Sudan's removal from the US terror list would be linked to normalisation with Israel," said Mirghani, who is also the editor-in-chief of Al Tayyar daily.

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"It insisted on the removal from the list, even if it is through Tel Aviv, because a deal would open a door for Sudan's economy with the international community."

- Backlash -

A deal with Israel would make Sudan the third Arab country since August, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to forge peace with the Jewish nation.

Supporters, like Sudanese trader Mostafa Solieman, believe it would allow the "economy to flourish."

But others have invoked Sudan's long-standing anti-Israel stance.

Sudan has been part of a decades-old Arab boycott of Israel.

Following the 1967 Six Day War, Arab leaders gathered in Khartoum to announce what became known as the "three nos": no peace, no recognition, and no negotiations with Israel.

"Normalisation contradicts Sudanese national law, and the Arab national commitment," said former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi, referring to the boycott of Israel which remains in force under Sudanese law.

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Israel and Sudan on Friday agreed to normalise their bilateral ties in a deal brokered by the United States, making Sudan the third Arab state to usher in full-fledged diplomatic relations with the Jewish state in the past two months.

Mahdi, who leads the National Umma Party, refused on Saturday to take part in the transitional government's conference on fighting Islamist fundamentalism in protest.

In a poll earlier this month by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, only 13 percent of those questioned in Sudan supported relations with Israel -- compared with 79 percent against.

Sudan's top Islamic institution said it had issued a fatwa prohibiting the normalisation with Israel.

Eid Abdelmoneim, who manages a financial transactions company, said the removal from the US blacklist and normalisation with Israel should not have been linked.

"No authority has the right to strike such a deal with Israel without consulting with the people," Abdelmoneim said.

"We don't need Israel, our country is rich with its resources."

- 'Fuel to existing opposition' -

Mohamed Haidar, of Sudan's Socialist Baath Party, said the government -- set up in a power-sharing deal between civilian and military leaders -- does not have the power to strike a deal with Israel.

In August this year, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was quoted as saying his government "does not have a mandate ... to decide on normalisation with Israel."

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Deal follows Sudanese commitment to pay millions in compensation to American terror victims.

But Hamdok's government has gone to great length to be removed from Washington's blacklist, which dates to 1993 when Bashir's government hosted wanted militants, including former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the 1990s.

It has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American families of victims of past attacks when Al-Qaeda had a base in Sudan.

Foreign minister-designate Omar Qamareddin said the deal would only come into force after the approval of a yet-to-be-formed legislature.

It was not immediately clear when a parliament would be created.

Analysts believe the normalisation would fuel anger against Sudan's government.

"Normalisation will add new fuel to existing opposition to the transitional government from backers of the former government, who also see major overlap in interests with the country's Islamist groups," said Jonas Horner, from the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank.

"Sudan's prime minister will be at pains to seek consensus, and to avoid creating deeper divisions during this tenuous transitional period."

At the same time, the government is facing increasing calls -- including protests this week -- for action to solve the economic crisis.

"The primary risk to stability in Sudan remains the economy," Horner added.

"The success of the country's fragile transition is intimately wrapped up in escaping the deepening economic abyss."

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