Faizel Patel – 26/10/2020
The Palestine Information Network (PIN) says Sudan’s decision to normalise ties with Israel was agreed upon under severe duress.
Sudan and Israel’s decision to normalise relations was announced by US President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House.
The move has been denounced by Palestinians as a “new stab in the back”.
Trump, who is seeking re-election on 3 November sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
PIN’s Hafez Ebrahim Moosa speaking to Radio Islam during the Palestine Report on Monday says Sudan was desperate to be rescinded as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
“Sudan was desperate to come of the state sponsors of terror list for a long period of time and therefore it seems as if they just did everything that they needed to do or forced to do to come off that list, one of those being normalization with Israel.”
Hafez Moosa says Trump has made it clear that initiating agreements for countries to normalise ties with Israel is political expediency and showmanship.
He says there are questions about whether the agreement is a full normalization of ties between Sudan and the apartheid state.
“Everybody commenting on the details of the actual treaty pointed out that this is not the same as the UAE and Bahrain agreements. There’s not full diplomatic relations here between Sudan and Israel. Actually the Sudanese Prime Minister reportedly said, “that what happened today (referring to Friday) was an agreement to normalize and not normalization.”
Hafez Moosa also touched on the killing of Iyad al-Halak by Israeli Border Police, the hunger strike by Maher Al-Akhras including the Clover boycott in South Africa gaining momentum among other news.
Listen to the Palestine Report with Hafez Ebrahim Moosa