SUDAN - Cancels Israel Boycott

Arno Froese

Sudan moved toward repealing its law mandating a boycott of Israel in a cabinet vote.

The cabinet voted to cancel the 1958 law, which forbade diplomatic and business relations with Israel, it said in a statement.

The Sudanese decision still needs the approval of a joint meeting of Sudan’s sovereign council and cabinet, which serves as Sudan’s interim legislative body.

Sudan was the third of four countries to join the Abraham Accords, the normalization and peace agreements between Israel and several Arab and Muslim states negotiated by US president Donald Trump’s administration last year.

“This is an important and necessary step toward signing a peace agreement between the countries,” he said. “Cooperation between the countries will help Israel and Sudan and contribute to regional security and stability.”, 6 April 2021

Arno's Commentary

Sudan’s population is listed as 47 million, mostly practicing Sunni Muslims. They speak the Arabic language. Income is low; GDP per capita has gone down in the last few years to $3,958. Life expectancy is also low: 67 years. 

Is Sudan mentioned in the Bible? A cursory internet search returns: “The name of the modern country did not acquire the name Ethiopia until the 20th century. It had been called Abyssinia.”

Christianity Today notes, “This region of Africa, just south of Egypt, has significant ties to the Bible. From Moses’ wife to the Ethiopian eunuch, people from the Sudan interacted with Biblical characters.”

When Assyria threatened to invade Jerusalem, Sudan (Ethiopia) was the reason the attack did not take place. J. Vernon McGee, in his commentary, writes: “Rabshakeh returned to his master and found him carrying on a war with Libnah. And a threatening move of the king of Ethiopia kept him from returning to attack Jerusalem immediately.”

Doubtless, for Sudan (Ethiopia) it is extremely beneficial to have friendly dealings with Israel. It seems that more Arab nations are also considering a closer relationship with Israel. 

There is more to come; Zechariah prophesies: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you” (Zechariah 8:23).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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