Israel is trying to mediate in the war in Sudan 

Israel has offered the generals in Sudan who are fighting each other to come to Israel and conduct talks on a ceasefire that will bring an end to the war in Sudan and allow the establishment of a civilian government in the country. The continuation of the war in Sudan endangers the normalization process between Israel and Sudan and harms Israel's political and security interests.






Israel is very concerned about the war that broke out in Sudan, which endangers its political and security interests.  

Israel and the US were surprised by the outbreak of the war in Sudan, the working assumption was that an agreement on the establishment of a civilian government would soon be reached in Sudan, but the negotiations on its establishment failed due to power struggles between General Al-Burhan, the commander of the Sudanese army, and General Hamidati, the commander of the rapid intervention forces, which soon turned into a war between two the parties.   

Senior political figures in Jerusalem say that the war now in Sudan endangers Israel’s possibility of reaching a historic peace agreement with an Arab and Muslim country of strategic importance, such an agreement will open the door to the establishment of relations between Israel and other countries on the African continent.  

Therefore, in coordination with the United States and the United Arab Emirates, Israel took an unprecedented step and is trying to mediate between two generals who are now the rulers of Sudan and who claim to represent the Sudanese people after they deposed the previous ruler Omar Al-Bashir in a military coup.  

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen sent an invitation to General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, commander of the Sudanese army, and to Mohammed Hamdan Daklo, known as “Hamidati”, to come to Israel and conduct negotiations on a ceasefire in Sudan through it.  

Israel has a deep familiarity with the two sides fighting against each other and the ability to have a great influence on both.  

Security sources point out that the Israeli Foreign Ministry has a good relationship with General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, with whom it is working on the issue of the normalization agreement, while the Israeli Mossad has a good relationship with Hamidati on security and counter-terrorism issues.  

It also coordinates operations on the internal situation in Sudan with General Abdel Rahim Daklo, Hamidati’s brother and his deputy at the headquarters of the Rapid Intervention Forces. 

Al-Burhan and Hamidati did not reject the Israeli offer outright, but they also did not respond positively, the contacts with them continue.  

Israel is very afraid of the possibility that Sudan will degenerate into a long civil war that will not allow the establishment of a civilian government and eliminate any chance of reaching a peace agreement between Israel and Sudan.  

A blow to the normalization process    

Sudan degenerating into a long civil war could split and divide it into small countries, if this scenario were to materialize it would mean that a peace agreement between Sudan and Israel would not be signed, which would be a severe blow to the normalization process between Israel and the Arab countries which the axis of resistance led by Iran is trying to thwart with all its might. 

Sources in Iran and Hamas spread through their media the conspiracy theory that the Israeli mediation initiative is intended to subject Sudan to Israeli control as part of the Israeli-American effort to split Sudan and Arab countries and to create an Israeli leadership that will lead certain Arab countries politically, economically and socially. 

Yosef Eizat, the political advisor to General Hamidati, gave an interview to the Israeli “Kan” channel a few days ago in which he claimed that the capital Khartoum and the rapid support forces are subject to attack by the Sudanese army just as Israel is subject to attacks by terrorist organizations such as Hamas and other organizations. 

Hamas is now using these things to emphasize that Hamidati shows hostility towards the Palestinians. 

Hamas accuses the Arab countries of standing on the sidelines and not interfering in what is happening in Sudan, which makes it difficult for foreign parties and Israel and the US to interfere in what is happening in Sudan in an attempt to create a comfortable political reality in Sudan that will serve their interests. 

The regional balance of power is now changing in the Middle East, the US is gradually being pushed out, Israel is seen as weak in the eyes of the Arabs and Iranians and the axis where Saudi Arabia, Iran, China and Russia are members is getting stronger.  

Therefore, it is of great importance that Israel and the US prevent a process of collapsing normalization agreements already reached between Israel and Arab countries, Sudan is one of these countries and Israel and the US are now trying to save the agreement reached with it after many efforts. 

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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