Sudan’s Normalization With Israel Could Come at the Expense of Terrorism Victims

If recent news reports are to be believed, Sudan may be on the verge of joining the list of Arab countries to normalize their relations with Israel, pushed by the Trump administration.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, the Sudanese military chief who jointly leads the transitional government in Khartoum, met with both U.S. and Emirati officials in Abu Dhabi earlier this week to discuss an agreement that would remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, in exchange for Sudan normalizing its ties with Israel. The New York Times reported Thursday that the State Department is preparing to delist Sudan “in the next few weeks.”

Unfortunately, as with so many diplomatic bargains, the White House campaign to get Sudan to recognize Israel could entail a complex dance with Congress and possibly unsavory trade-offs that future Sudanese and other African leaders, and maybe even American and Israeli ones, may come to regret later

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