Bahrain, Oman, Sudan
News Desk : The sudden news of the Israel-Emirates deal ignited massive debate as to who would be next, with repeated comparisons to Bahrain and Sudan, who are turning their backs on the Omar al-Bashir period. Israel is officially at war with Sudan, and has sponsored hardline Islamist movements for years to come.
Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesperson was dismissed last week after he made reportedly illegal remarks suggesting that he had made communication with Israel about the normalization of relations. Yet the State Department confirmed that Pompeo will consult with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok during his visit, “expressing support for strengthening Sudan-Israel ties,”
He will also speak with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa before speaking with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to address Israel, he added. Saudi Arabia, in accordance with decades of policies followed by the plurality of Arab states, has said that it would not obey the lead of the UAE until Israel has reached a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Earlier, Israel has just signed peace negotiations with Egypt and Jordan, two countries with which it has technically been at war, and the United Arab Emirates. Since the US-sponsored agreement signed on 13 August, the new partners say that they want to promote trade, in particular the sale of AE oil to Israel and Israeli technology to the Emirate, as well as to increase tourism through the production of terrible oil.
The Palestinians called the UAE ‘s action a “hit in the back” because their own conflict with the Jewish state stayed unresolved. But the UAE ambassador to Washington, writing on the front page of Israel’s top-selling newspaper, said closer ties will benefit all. “We will help move the world beyond the dark history of violence and war, into a future of hope, peace and progress,”