For once good news comes to us from Africa, we shouldn't miss the opportunity to bring it to the fore. At the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, all leaders attending were unanimous in rejecting the Trump/Kushner/Netanyahu fake 'peace plan'.
AU:s new chair, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa said: “As I listened to it and as I read everything that’s written about it, it brought to mind the horrible history that we in South Africa have gone through,”referring to Apartheid.
His predecessor at the head of the AU, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said in his remarks Sunday that “the Palestinian cause will always be in the hearts and minds of the people of Africa”.
AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told assembled heads of state that the plan represented the “umpteenth violation of multiple United Nations and African Union resolutions”.
That's for the good news. Now the bad ones.
Last Monday, Bibi Netanyahu met at Entebbe in Uganda Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan's sovereign council. He announced that the two countries will normalise relations. This has come as a shock, since Sudan has considered itself in war with Israel until now. Palestinians in Ramallah called it, with the voice of Saeb Erakat, "a stab in the back of the Palestinian people".
According to Sultan Barakat, writing for al-Jazeera, "Netanyahu appears to have promised General al-Burhan, who took over from al-Bashir, that he could convince US President Donald Trump to de-list Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism. Clearly, Netanyahu's claim is disingenuous and misleading. His track record suggests that his more likely aim is to repatriate some 4,500 Sudanese refugees who are currently in Israel. Furthermore, Sudan's leaders would do well to remember that while there is a perception in some Arab diplomatic capitals that the most effective route to changing US policy is through normalisation with Israel, few Arab states have benefitted materially or otherwise from attempting to do so."
Four days after the meeting and Bibi's announcement, Khartoum set the record straight:
Sudan’s transitional cabinet said Thursday that meeting Netanyahu was Al-Burhan’s “personal initiative” and he had made no promises to the Israeli premier.
“The chief of the sovereign council told us ... he did not give any commitment and did not talk of normalizing relations,” government spokesman Faisal Mohamed Salih told reporters early Thursday.
“He did not give a promise of normalizing or having diplomatic relations.”
Salih said the issue of relations with Israel was something the current transitional government was not mandated to decide.
“This government has a very limited mandate. The issue of relations with Israel is beyond its mandate,” he said. (Arab News, Feb. 6, 2020)
So, once gain, Bibi bluffed, as he did one year ago, when presenting a map of Israel's relations with African countries in a gathering wit US Jewish leaders, he pretented to have diplomatic relations with Somalia and Djibouti, which is not true, and to have "potential relations" (what this can mean) "with Mali and Niger".
Anyway, with an Arab League being braindead, a European Union being paralyzed as the rabbit hypnotized by the snake, and a sleeping UN, one can only rejoince of the strong words of the African leaders. May they be followed by deeds.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the State House, Entebbe, Uganda, Feb. 3, 2020. Photo Abubaker Lubowa/REUTERS