Not long ago, Sudan was an international sponsor of terror and harbored Osama bin Laden.
Now the country will be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terror and will normalize their relationship with Israel after Sudan paid $335 million in compensation to victims of American embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Sudan will now also be eligible for state aid and a return to the global financial system.
In the past, Israel has accused Sudan of working with Iran to smuggle weapons to Hamas, so this deal marks a truly incredible turnaround.
Today’s official confirmation of the news follows the normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE. A kosher restaurant has already opened in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and direct flights between the countries are expected next year.
In fact in 2021 there may be more direct flights between the UAE and Israel then the US and Israel. Talk about a complete makeover in the Middle East!
I’d assume that we’ll see nonstop flights between Israel and Sudan next year as well.
It’s amazing to see the dominoes fall in the region. Perhaps Morocco or Oman will be next? The real question will be if countries like Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia will also normalize their relations with Israel. That would completely remake the map of Middle East relations.
Will you visit Sudan?