Sudan’s Long Road to Peace with Israel

On Friday, President Trump announced a normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel. Amnon Lord surveys the history of the African country’s relationship with the Jewish state—beginning with the former’s independence in 1956, when its government wished to establish diplomatic ties with Israel, but was pressured not to by Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser.

As an ally of Egypt, Sudan partook in the War of Attrition (1967-1970) and the Yom Kippur War, when it sent a brigade to the Egyptian front. One of the commanders of this brigade was an officer by the name of Omar al-Bashir, the recently deposed dictator of Sudan.

Yet, during Golda Meir’s premiership (1969-1974), Jerusalem made some successful overtures to the country:

Israel sent Mossad agents led by David Ben-Uziel to help the Christians in South Sudan, [which gained independence in 2011], defend themselves against genocidal campaigns. The Sudanese president Jaafar Nimeiry, who recognized the autonomy of South Sudan in the early 1970s, permitted Ethiopian Jews [in his country] to immigrate to Israel more than a decade later. He was also the only [leader] in the Arab world who supported former the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat when he made peace with Israel.

Thereafter the country increasingly turned toward Islamism and to Iran. In 2009 and 2012, Israel is thought to have carried out airstrikes against Hamas-related targets in Sudan:

[The] airstrikes, . . . which destroyed a terror base and a weapons convoy earmarked for the Gaza Strip via the Sinai Peninsula, . . . nudged the Sudanese more toward the American-Saudi axis; and made it obvious to its rulers that their alliance with global terror—chiefly with Iran—was ruining them. Sudan was an important base of operations for al-Qaeda, and the Sudanese government even armed al-Qaeda terrorists with diplomatic passports. The [recent] sea-change in this regard is absolute. Sudan, where an American ambassador was murdered in 1973 under orders from Yasir Arafat, and where the notorious terrorists Carlos the Jackal and Osama Bin-Laden found refuge, is now changing its colors.

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Universities Are in Thrall to a Constituency That Sees Israel as an Affront to Its Identity

Commenting on the hearings of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Tuesday about anti-Semitism on college campuses, and the dismaying testimony of three university presidents, Jonah Goldberg writes:

If some retrograde poltroon called for lynching black people or, heck, if they simply used the wrong adjective to describe black people, the all-seeing panopticon would spot it and deploy whatever resources were required to deal with the problem. If the spark of intolerance flickered even for a moment and offended the transgendered, the Muslim, the neurodivergent, or whomever, the fire-suppression systems would rain down the retardant foams of justice and enlightenment. But calls for liquidating the Jews? Those reside outside the sensory spectrum of the system.

It’s ironic that the term colorblind is “problematic” for these institutions such that the monitoring systems will spot any hint of it, in or out of the classroom (or admissions!). But actual intolerance for Jews is lathered with a kind of stealth paint that renders the same systems Jew-blind.

I can understand the predicament. The receptors on the Islamophobia sensors have been set to 11 for so long, a constituency has built up around it. This constituency—which is multi-ethnic, non-denominational, and well entrenched among students, administrators, and faculty alike—sees Israel and the non-Israeli Jews who tolerate its existence as an affront to their worldview and Muslim “identity.” . . . Blaming the Jews for all manner of evils, including the shortcomings of the people who scapegoat Jews, is protected because, at minimum, it’s a “personal truth,” and for some just the plain truth. But taking offense at such things is evidence of a mulish inability to understand the “context.”

Shocking as all that is, Goldberg goes on to argue, the anti-Semitism is merely a “symptom” of the insidious ideology that has taken over much of the universities as well as an important segment of the hard left. And Jews make the easiest targets.

Read more at Dispatch

More about: Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus, University