James Feldkamp Provides Updates on the Sudan-Israel Peace Accord
The Israel–Sudan normalization agreement is only a few months old, with Israel and Sudan having signed the agreement on October 23, 2020. While the agreement is still new, several important developments have already occurred. Now, James Feldkamp, a global security and geopolitical expert, is going to share his insights and cover some recent events.
“Israel has long found itself in a sea of enemies,” James Feldkamp argues, “and has already engaged in short wars with many of its neighbors, including Sudan. However, the Israel-Sudan normalization agreement lends hope that conditions in the region will stabilize, at least in regards to Israel.”
James Feldkamp notes that the Israel-Sudan agreement was far from the only important agreement for Israel in 2020. Sudan was one of three Arab states to sign the so-called Abraham Accords, James Feldkamp points out.
“Besides the agreement with Sudan, Israel also normalized relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in September 2020,” James Feldkamp says. “The latter two did not participate in wars against Israel, however, Sudan has, including sending troops. As Israel normalizes relations, its security situation should hopefully improve, albeit gradually.”
So far, peace between Israel and the Arab signatories seems to be holding. However, tensions flared in Sudan in December with Sudanese officials worrying of future prosecution in the United States. James Feldkamp believes peace and progress are attainable, but further efforts are needed to ensure lasting stability.
James Feldkamp Discusses Sudan and its Relations With the United States
Earlier in January, then American Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin traveled to Sudan as Israel and Sudan formalized their relationship. The World Bank also recently announces $1 billion in foreign aid to Sudan, the first time in three decades that the country has received such aid.
“The agreement with Israel will help Sudan integrate more closely with other countries around the globe,” James Feldkamp says. “Sudan should enjoy more access to markets and more aid. Of course, if Sudan causes problems, with Israel or otherwise, assistance could quickly dry up.”
The United States also removed Sudan from the list of states that sponsor terrorism in November, after the country had reached an agreement with Israel.
“It’s not just about Israel-Sudanese relations, although obviously they are important,” James Feldkamp claims, “we must also look at relations with other countries. The United States and Israel are close allies. Warming relations with Israel may thaw relations between Sudan and America. We’ve seen progress already with the American government removing Sudan from its list of countries that sponsor terrorism.”
So far, Israel and Sudan seem to be on a path that could bring further peace and prosperity. However, a signed agreement doesn’t guarantee results.
“We’ll have to see how Sudan and Israel act and react in the future,” James Feldkamp says. “Certainly, developments so far have been encouraging. But a backslide is always possible.”