After talks for the signing ceremony were halted following the ouster of the government, the leader of the military coup said that “eventually, the relationship will become natural.” Last month, a secret delegation from Israel visited the country, including representatives from the Mossad
The president of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Burhan, who led the military coup in his country and recently announced that he would return Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to office, said he believed a relationship with Israel was necessary to bring Sudan back into the international community.
Nearly a month and a half after Israel’s secret delegation visited Sudan, as far as is known to check on the state of the country after the coup, al-Burhan told Al-Arabiya that in the end, “relations with Israel will become natural.” The Israeli delegation, which included representatives of the Mossad, held talks with al-Burhan and apparently also with Prime Minister Hamdok. Sources in the Sudanese army claimed that the purpose of the Israeli delegation’s visit was to mediate between the parties. However, Israel refrained from commenting on the coup in Sudan, which has raised allegations in Sudan that Israel was involved in the coup and even supported al-Burhan.
Al-Burhan noted in an interview that “Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has complete freedom to choose his people. Peaceful demonstrations are everyone’s right, and it is inconceivable that there will be victims of protests – and we will prosecute those responsible.” He noted that he did not intend to step down after Hamdok formed his government and said: “I have a definite task that I am committed to the people and the army, and that is completing the transition period, I will not run for president even if they ask me to do so. My mission will end at the end of the transition period.”
Since 2019, when dictator Omar al-Bashir was ousted, Sudan has ruled the “Council of Sovereignty” – which has divided power between the military and civilian elements in the African country. Alongside the council, a civilian government headed by Hamdok was formed, which was responsible for managing Sudan’s civil affairs. On October 25, General al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and disbanded the government and the Sovereignty Council. He accused politicians of inciting against security forces and set up a new sovereignty council headed by him.
The coup took place exactly one year after Sudan joined the “Abrahamic Agreements” and arrived at an inconvenient time in everything related to normalization between it and Israel. The two countries have warmed up relations between them, and have been in talks to hold a signing ceremony for the agreement in Washington, which will officially confirm Sudan’s accession to the “Abraham Accords.” The US has announced that due to the military coup it will be necessary to examine the progress of normalization.
Al-Burhan supports the advancement of relations with Israel, and he even met with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda in February 2020. The issue of normalization with Israel was controversial between al-Burhan and Prime Minister Hamdok, who was arrested along with his ministers. Hamdok has made it clear in the past that he does not oppose normalization with Israel, but believes that there is no room for doing so at the present time, and that two of his ministers have also joined him.