Congress Overwhelmingly Backs Abraham Accords; Sudan Set to Establish Ties With Israel

An overwhelming majority of both chambers of Congress introduced new resolutions in support of the Abraham Accords to normalize ties between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain.

91 senators have cosponsored a version of the resolution, while reaffirming “its strong support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states—a democratic Jewish State of Israel and a viable, democratic Palestinian state—living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”

In addition, the resolution encourages other Arab nations to establish full relations with Israel with the vision of realizing full peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbors.

A similar measure was introduced in the House. As of Wednesday, over 60 representatives had not signed on as cosponsors.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz left for Washington on Wednesday evening for talks with his US counterpart Mark Esper. The trip comes one month after their previous meeting, during which the two discussed Israel’s qualitative military edge, Israel-US security cooperation, and international policy regarding Iran, including halting Tehran’s military aspirations in the region.

The upcoming get-together will touch on concerns regarding the recent lifting of the UN embargo on the sale of arms to Iran. Additional talks are also scheduled with other Pentagon officials that will deal with regional security issues.

Before departing, Gantz said that “our enemies will not rest for one moment. We saw what happened with the terror tunnel along the Gaza Strip border and we are well aware of the challenges we face on all fronts.”

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With the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain, it has come to light that Jerusalem had operated a secret embassy in Manama for over a decade.

For 11 years the Jewish state quietly worked on establishing ties with Bahrain, principally via a shell company – The Center for International Development – that was registered in the Gulf state.

The idea of opening a clandestine embassy was first raised in 2007-2008, during a series of meetings with Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa and his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni.

Israel sent a formal request to open an official embassy in Manama immediately after relations were officially established with Bahrain earlier this week.

A high-level Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on Wednesday to discuss a diplomatic breakthrough between the two countries. Members of the Prime Minister’s Office and Mossad intelligence agency met with their Sudanese counterparts in the latter’s transitional government.

Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Iocal media that he believed Israel was “very close to normalizing ties with Sudan”.

Khartoum will reportedly make an official announcement this coming weekend, likely after US President Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan, discuss the projected timeline.

If the expected Sudanese announcement recognizing the Jewish state is made, it will join the historic Abraham Accords signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Sept. 15.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is working to get the US State Department to declare several major international human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam, “antisemitic,” and end American support for them.

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A declaration in the form of a report by US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism Elan Carr could come as soon as this week, and would cite the human rights groups’ alleged support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Israel has long accused human rights groups of bias, unfairly targeting it and holding the Jewish state to a higher standard than other countries over its treatment of the Palestinians.

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