Israel supports Al-Burhan in Sudan

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In light of the official silence regarding the events in Sudan, the sources identified “Israel”‘s position, which is inconsistent with the public US position condemning the military coup, according to what the newspaper “Israel Hayom” reported.

  • During the burning of tires by protesters to close 60th Street in Khartoum - (Getty)
    During the burning of tires by protesters to close 60th Street in Khartoum – (Getty)

Israeli officials remained silent about the developments in the situation in Sudan, and the military coup that established the rule of the military led by the “friend of Israel”, the head of the Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan; A silence that did not obscure the reality of the Israeli position, which followed with interest the events in Sudan, and which prefers that Al-Burhan remain in power, despite the assessments of a negative impact in the short term on the signing ceremony of an agreement officially announcing Khartoum’s accession to the “Abraham” normalization agreements between “Israel” and Arab countries Which was supposed to be hosted by Washington next November.

The Israeli approach to developments in Sudan came in conflict with the US declared position rejecting the coup, which was reflected in the positions attributed to an Israeli source in which he criticized Washington’s position on what is happening in Sudan, acknowledging that in the current situation he prefers to support the army and its leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.

Al-Burhan “The Responsible Rashid”

In light of the official silence regarding the events in Sudan, Israeli sources identified Israel’s position, which is inconsistent with the public US position condemning the military coup, according to what the newspaper “Israel Hayom” reported, when it quoted an Israeli source as criticizing Washington’s position on what is happening in Sudan, and saying “In the current situation, it is preferable to support the army and its leader, the President of the Transitional Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, rather than Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.” The Israeli source explained that “the coup was inevitable. For years, the president, who is backed by the army, and the prime minister have been pushing in contradictory directions. It was clear that this would reach a resolution.”

The source added that the two Sudanese leaders are in fact aware that the state is obligated to strengthen its relations with the West, and that “the American aspiration for democracy is understandable, but among the two leaders, the proof tends to strengthen relations with the United States and Israel more than Hamdok.”

The Israeli source also said: “Because the Sudanese army is the most powerful party in the country, and because Al-Burhan is the supreme leader, the developments that took place tonight in particular give higher hope for more stability in Sudan, which is vital for the region, as well as for strengthening relations with the United States, the West and Israel. Especially”.

It should be noted, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth website, that Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan is supportive of advancing relations with “Israel”, and even met with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda in February 2020. According to the same website, the issue of normalization with “Israel” It was the subject of a dispute between Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who is now under house arrest with his ministers, after the army arrested them. Hamdok has made it clear in the past that he does not oppose normalization with “Israel”, but he believes that there is no place to do this at the present time.

However, their opposition did not hamper the heat of relations between the two countries, which culminated about two weeks ago in a rare public meeting in the Emirates between Sudan’s Minister of Justice, Nasser al-Din al-Bari, Minister of Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej, Minister of Religions Matan Kahana, and Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Rol. At the beginning of the month, a security delegation from Sudan visited Israel secretly, and in recent months, Israeli security delegations visited the African country.

Commentators indicated that in “Israel” they estimated that the dispute between Al-Burhan and Hamdok could hinder the normalization of relations. , that he is the “responsible adult” in Sudan, in exchange for Prime Minister Hamdok, who is not trying to advance the continuation of relations between the two countries.

In this context, it is useful to recall that the Mossad and the National Security Council in “Israel” took over the process of weaving and developing relations with Sudan, commissioned of course by the political level, and that the Israeli army is not yet involved in these contacts because of the decision of the Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, who He believes that as long as Sudan has not yet signed an agreement with “Israel”, it is not correct to involve the army. Indeed, last year Gantz canceled the inclusion of IDF officers in the trip of an Israeli delegation to Sudan, headed at the time by the head of the Middle East and Africa division of the National Security Council.

Uncomfortable timing

Despite the clear Israeli bias to Al-Burhan, against the background of his positive stance on normalization with “Israel”, the “Yediot Ahronot” website indicated that the coup in Sudan came at an uncomfortable timing in everything related to normalization between it and “Israel”. “The two countries recently recorded warm relations, and they had contacts about holding a signing ceremony for the agreement in Washington, which officially recognizes Sudan’s accession to the Abraham Accords.”

According to the report published by Yedioth, the Americans proposed holding the signing ceremony two weeks ago, during Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s visit to Washington, but the Israeli side believed that the timing was not appropriate in light of the news of tension between the army and the government in Sudan. The Americans also thought of holding the signing ceremony next month, but now it seems that the events in Sudan will postpone the signing, but they will not stop the continuation of relations, according to Israeli estimates.

Media reports stated that developments in Sudan may be a cause for concern to “Israel” and the Biden administration alike, because they are working in Washington these days in exchange for Khartoum, with the aim of pushing it to complete the normalization process, sending a permanent official Sudanese representative to “Israel”, and of course opening a Sudanese representation over there. Accordingly, observers believe that the events in Sudan make it difficult to push the normalization process forward, despite taking into account that Hamdok was not the one who pushed for the normalization of relations with “Israel”, and that the one who pushed for this important step was the military leadership headed by Al-Burhan, and therefore, it is likely To take advantage of the opportunity to complete the process.





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