Many among the Arab region were confused when they learned that Sudan joined three other Arab states and their relations with Israel will be normalised in 2020.
Sudan has maintained a stubborn anti-Israel position for several years and continuously supported the Palestinian cause.
On August 29, 1967, Sudan hosted a conference called the Arab League during the wake of the Six Day War. Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt’s Sinai, Peninsula, and Syria’s Golan Heights in that conference.
They also authorised themselves with the notorious Khartoum Resolution, which is also referred to as “Three Nos: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it.”
Since Sudan’s independence in 1956, no bilateral relations have been established between Tel Aviv and Khartoum. Notably, Sudan sent their army force to fight with Arab troops against Israel.
However, things changed dramatically in recent years. The former sore enemy is now balancing a role to play a mediator role less than two years after their relationships get to normalcy.
According to reports, Israeli representatives visiting Khartoum has become public concern. In contrast, Washington has followed Tel Aviv’s support to convince the military of Sudan to return to the civilian-led transitional phase.
Last week, the official Israeli Broadcasting Corporation reported that an Israeli representative arrived in Khartoum after their stop in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh.
However, no further information was given by the Israeli broadcaster; on the other hand, Sudanese authorities refused to comment on any report.
Moreover, observers believe that Tel Aviv is keen to see the Sudanese crisis fixed to achieve numerous goals, including reducing the normalisation of ties between the two nations.
Last week they visited Sudan amid a painful crisis that has tortured the country badly since October 25. The military ignored Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok transitional authority and announced a state of emergency.
Hamdok was reinstated on November 21 following an agreement, but protestors accused the deal, demanding the agreement to remove any military influence over the transitional government coalition. He submitted his resignation on January 2.
On November 23, 2021, former Sudanese Foreign Minister Maryam Al-Mahdi blamed Israel and Egypt for “supporting” the military army in Sudan.