Continuing the diplomatic momentum created by the Abraham Accords, Sudan – formerly a bitter foe of Israel – announced in late October that it would open talks to secure normalization, following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which are forging ahead to cement bilateral ties with Israel.
US President Donald Trump was eager to secure Khartoum’s agreement before the November 3 election, presenting the end of Israel’s isolation in the Arab world as a major foreign policy achievement for his administration. He agreed to remove Sudan from the list of countries supporting terrorism, enabling the impoverished state to apply for much-needed international loans.
“This is a new era. An era of true peace. A peace that is expanding with other Arab countries - three of them in recent weeks,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video statement. “In Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, the three principles of the Arab League were adopted in 1967: ‘No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel.’ Whereas today Khartoum says – yes to peace with Israel, yes to recognition of Israel and to normalization with Israel,” he exclaimed.