Not a new dawn: Why the Israel-Sudan deal was a long time coming

Anya-Nya recruits in southern Sudan learning how to use Bren guns provided by Israel, 1970. (Photographer unknown, Archivo Comboniani Roma)

The normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan, publicly announced on Oct. 23, has been on the horizon for several years now. News reports from the past weeks have consistently portrayed the normalization deal as a story about a staunch enemy of Israel abandoning its old ways and turning into a friend. The Khartoum Summit of 1967, in which Arab leaders called for “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiation with Israel,” has been repeatedly invoked by commentators to support this narrative.

Not a new dawn: Why the Israel-Sudan deal was a long time coming