- According to sources, Israel wants access to Sudanese airspace.
- Sudan, in return, wants off the U.S. State Department list of state sponsors of terrorism.
- Netanyahu is also working on normalizing relations with Morocco.
“Confidential” information continues to flow from the office of the head of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, about what happened at his meeting with the head of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, on Tuesday in Uganda. Citing expert opinion, Israeli media reported that the purpose of this media campaign is to win votes in the general elections to be held on March 2. That is in less than a month.
Commenting on the meeting between Netanyahu and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan in Uganda, political expert Barak Ravid on Israeli Channel 13, citing senior officials in Tel Aviv, said the parties agreed to cooperate. An informed Israeli official told him that the meeting between Netanyahu and al-Burhan lasted two hours, and one of the topics discussed was the provision of Israeli aviation the opportunity to cross Sudanese airspace to reduce the duration of the flight from the Jewish State and Latin America.
According to a senior Israeli official, one of Sudan’s demands for Israel is the opening of doors to Washington. Sudan wants the United States to exclude them from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Netanyahu touched on this issue during a recent meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the other day, the latter invited the Sudanese leader to visit Washington next week.
In addition, according to a report on the website of Channel 13 on Monday, Netanyahu went to Entebbe (Uganda) to meet with the head of state, Yoweri Museveni, and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. Citing senior sources in Tel Aviv, the site reported that Netanyahu was accompanied by the head of the Mossad, the foreign intelligence service, Yossi Cohen. As the Israeli Prime Minister said before boarding, these relations are extremely important in terms of politics, economics, and security. He expressed the hope that after the meeting he would have very good news for Israel.
According to Channel 13, Netanyahu has tried and still is trying to convince the Moroccan monarch to agree with his proposal, which involves recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for the full normalization of relations with Israel, as well as accepting it on an official visit. Ravid added on Channel 13 that according to sources in Washington and Tel Aviv, Israel continues to take measures to implement the tripartite deal.
As Channel 13 also reported, in September 2018, Netanyahu met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Throughout the entire period, Netanyahu led the Israeli government to strengthen the alliance between his country and some Arab states. According to sources, this happened in secrecy.
According to a study by the Israeli Mitvim Institute, relations between the Jewish State and Morocco are expanding, and they are based on the common interests of countries. At the same time, the foundation of their cooperation is determined by two key factors. The first is the historical past of Israeli-Moroccan relations, which are already two thousand years old, and the second is security cooperation, which began in the 1960s due to the general hostility of the two countries to the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Naser. This cooperation is still ongoing and is developing rapidly.