Trump Brokers’ New Peace Deal in Mideast Between Israel, Sudan

U.S. President Donald Trump scored another victory in the Middle East, brokering a deal between Israel and Sudan to normalize relations between the two countries. Trump also claimed that there “would be more peace deals to come in the Middle East.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… A joint statement from the U.S., Israel, and Sudan said, “The leaders agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel and to end the state of belligerence between their nations.” Wasel Abu Youseff, a senior Palestinian Liberation Organization official, said the deal was a “new stab in the back.” It is unclear, however, whether Sudan’s transitional government has the authority to agree to such a deal. Sudan currently has no parliament and new elections are not scheduled to occur until 2022. Reported by The Guardian. Read more… Sudan’s foreign minister confirmed an as yet formed legislature must approve the deal. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… As a part of the deal, Sudan will declare Hezbollah a terrorist group. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says that Trump’s peace deals are unprecedented for the region. Ortagus said prior to the deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and now Sudan, the last deal normalizing relations between Israel and an Arab state occurred 26 years ago. She says that there is a “fundamental shift” occurring in the region. Reported by Fox News. Read more… On Sunday, Israel’s government ratified the treaty with the United Arab Emirates, and approved the deal with Bahrain, sending it to the Knesset for a vote. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Oman may be the next Arab country to normalize relations with Israel, say Israeli officials. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the breakthrough, saying “In Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, in 1967 the Arab League adopted its three ‘No’s’: ‘No to peace with Israel, no to recognition of Israel and no to negotiations with Israel.’” Netanyahu continued, adding, “But today Khartoum has said, ‘yes to peace with Israel, yes to recognition of Israel and yes to normalization with Israel.’ This is a new era. An era of true peace. A peace that is expanding with other Arab countries – with three of them joining in recent weeks.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… There is speculation one of those nations could be Lebanon. Israel and Lebanon met for the first time to discuss their maritime border. The two countries will meet again for further negotiation brokered by the United States. A joint statement by the U.S. State Department and U.N. said the first meeting was productive. Both countries denied the talks were part of a larger plan to normalize relations between the two countries. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas slammed the announcement, saying “No one has the right to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause.” U.S. President Trump addressed the Palestinian cause during the press conference announcing the new deal, saying, “And the Palestinians, by the way, if you ask about the Palestinians, they’re wanting to do something. They have never seen anything like this. They’re wanting to do something. I’m sure that will get done too.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Iran also condemned the deal. Iran’s foreign ministry tweeted, “Pay enough ransom, close your eyes to the crimes against Palestinians, then you’ll be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist. Obviously, the list is as phony as the US fight against terrorism. Shameful.” Before the deal was finalized, U.S. President Trump signed a waiver removing Sudan from the list of states that sponsor terrorism. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

In a telephone discussion with Trump on Friday regarding the deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu artfully dodged President Trump’s slight against presidential candidate Joe Biden. During a conference about the deal, Trump allegedly said, “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal?” Netanyahu sidestepped the query, saying, “one thing I can tell you is that we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America and we appreciate what you’ve done enormously.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…