Sudan Prepares To Make Peace With Israel

by Micha Gefen

The Abraham Accords continue to roll forward as peace and normalization between Sudan and Israel appears to be finally at hand.

A recent trip by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen to Sudan appears to have locked in the preliminary agreement between Sudan and Israel. This agreement will be signed on the White House lawn in the coming months.

Why is Sudan important?

It was once the largest food producer in Africa. If its agricultural potential can be turned on then it will serve as a solution for food scarcity concerns across Africa. More than that, it is one of the largest countries in Africa and has been solidly anti-Israel for decades. Up until recently it was an ally of Iran. Landing Sudan as a partner pushes back on Iran’s ability to control the Red Sea and cause havoc for shipping – especially shipping coming out of Israel.

Sudan also has an outsized influence on the rest of Saharan Africa and between relations with Chad and Sudan, more Islamic African countries will most likely sign on.

Ultimately, given its size and influence, flipping Sudan is one step away from convincing Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel and that is the ultimate prize.

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