‘Igniting a new war:’ Sudanese political parties reject deal with Israel | Middle East

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Sudanese political parties have rejected the government’s decision to normalize relations with Israel, with officials saying they will form an opposition front against the deal.Dozens of Sudanese protested in the capital Khartoum on Friday following the joint declaration of Israel, Sudan and the United States on Friday that the two countries had agreed to “end the state of belligerence between their nations “.

A statement from the Sudan People’s Congress Party, the second most important component of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, said the Sudanese people are not obliged to accept the agreement of standardization.

“We see that our people, who are systematically isolated and marginalized from secret agreements, are not bound by the normalization agreement,” the statement said.

“Our people will respect their historic positions and work across a broad front to resist normalization and maintain our support for the Palestinian people so that they can obtain all of their legitimate rights.”

Former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi also criticized the announcement, adding that he had withdrawn from a religious conference organized by the government on Saturday in Khartoum in protest.

Al-Mahdi, who is the last democratically elected prime minister in the country and heads the largest political party in the country, said: “This statement is in contradiction with Sudanese national law… and contributes to the elimination of the peace bill in the country. Middle East and preparation for ignition. of a new war.

Kamal Omar, a leader of the People’s Congress Party, said in a separate statement that the transitional government of Sudan is not elected and therefore is not allowed to normalize relations with Israel.

“This transitional government has hijacked the Sudanese position to satisfy regional and international intelligence agencies,” he said.

Protesters in Khartoum took to the streets and chanted “no peace, no negotiation, no reconciliation with the occupying entity” and “we will not surrender, we will always be on the side of Palestine”.

Muhammad Wadaa, a leader of the Sudanese Baath Party, which is part of the FFC, said the anti-normalization front includes a civilian force and influential parties from inside and outside the forces of freedom and change.

Wadaa said a number of parties within the FFC have warned the transitional government that they will withdraw their support if normalization with Israel is accepted.

“Normalization with Israel is a rejected decision. The government is not allowed to take such a decision with a racist state that practices religious discrimination, ”he said.

Wadaa told Al Jazeera that “the government has made a serious mistake and this is a step that will not bring economic abundance.”

Palestinian officials reacted with dismay when Sudan became the third country to normalize relations recently, after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the deal and said the only way to peace was to resort to international law to force Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories.

However, according to Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, many Palestinians believe that the PA has little to offer other than condemnation.

“For many political analysts here, the Palestinians have their backs to the wall and really have little to hope for other than the fact that Trump won’t get a second term,” she said. ‘voicing from the occupied city of Ramallah in the West Bank. .

“Many Palestinians on social media say that the hearts of the Sudanese people are with the Palestinian people, but they have been drawn into this by their military leaders.”

Iran’s foreign ministry on Saturday criticized Sudan’s move, saying, “Pay enough ransom, turn a blind eye to crimes against Palestinians, then you will be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist.”

“Obviously, the list is as bogus as the American fight against terrorism. Shameful! ” he added.



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