Sudan is considering normalizing relations with Israel after Omar Hassan al-Bashir blamed the “Zionist enemy” for an attack on a Khartoum military factory just three years ago. Also, as one of 30 countries that does not recognize Israel, it is a shock to see an attempt at normalizing relations.
Sudan has been a staging point for the Iranian weapon flow into the Gaza Strip, however, in the midst of the Saudi-Iranian political rivalry, Khartoum has switched sides from their longtime ally of Iran to now shifting into Saudi influence. This followed after the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran where Sudan gave Iranian diplomats two weeks to leave. Riyadh has allegedly made billions of dollars worth of investments into Sudan’s collapsing economy providing further incentives for close diplomatic ties and a severance of ties to Iran. Many suspect such changes indicate an increasing polarization of Arab nations to either the Saudi camp or the Iranian camp.
Israel’s Foreign Minister has not commented on these developments.