SUDAN - Peace Deal with Israel

Arno Froese

Israel and Sudan committed to completing a normalization agreement in the near future following what Foreign Minister Eli Cohen described as his “historic diplomatic visit” to the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

“The peace agreement between Israel and Sudan will promote regional stability and contribute to the national security of the State of Israel,” Cohen said.

“Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is remembered in Israel as the city where the Arab countries decided on the historic ‘Three Nos’: No peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, and no recognition of Israel,” recalled Cohen.

Sudan’s agreement to normalize relations with Israel upended a longstanding policy after the 1967 Six Day War that saw Israel conquer swathes of territory, including the West Bank from Jordan, the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria.

Arab leaders gathered in Khartoum after the defeat, and signed a resolution that became known as the “three nos.”

Egypt and Jordan would later recognize Israel through peace treaties signed in 1979 and 1994 respectively, followed decades later by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco as part of the Abraham Accords., 2 February 2023

Arno's Commentary

What was unthinkable just a decade ago, now becomes par for the course. In spite of the “three nos” (no peace, no negotiation, no recognition of Israel), time changes political realities. Wikipedia identifies Sudan as follows: “Cush is traditionally considered the ancestor of the ‘land of Cush,’ an ancient territory believed to have been located near the Red Sea. Cush is identified in the Bible with the Kingdom of Kush or ancient Sudan. The Cushitic languages are named after Cush.”

South Sudan
South Sudan became independent on 9 July 2011. Wikipedia notes that 60% of the population are followers of the Christian religion. Life expectancy is extremely low at 58.6 years, and per capita GDP poor: $1,600 (2017).

In the Bible, Sudan is often called Ethiopia, but quite apparently, it’s distinctly different. The NIV reads: “Woe to the land of whirring wings along the rivers of Cush” (Isaiah 18:1), and concludes with verse 7: “At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers—the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.” This indicates that in this case, riches will be brought to Zion. Isaiah 60:11 adds: “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations—their kings led in triumphal procession.”

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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