Sudan to Normalize Relations with Israel, Trump Announces

Headline Roundup October 23rd, 2020

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan would join Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel. The same day, the White House announced that Trump had rescinded Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism after Sudan transferred $335 million to victims of the 1998 al-Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. As a result, Sudan’s struggling economy will be able to receive aid from international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. originally designated Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 for harboring Osama bin Laden and others.

Coverage was mostly balanced on all sides. Coverage in some right-rated outlets mentioned Trump’s past Nobel Peace Prize nominations; some reports from left-rated sources referenced on Palestine's apparent rejection of the move.

Sudan to Normalize Relations with Israel, Trump Announces

From the Left
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Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalise relations, US President Donald Trump announced on Friday at the White House, a move that was denounced by Palestinians as a “new stab in the back”.

Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior US officials said.

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From the Center
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US President, Donald Trump has announced that Sudan and Israel have agreed to the normalization of relations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was taking steps to normalize ties with Sudan, calling it the start of "a new era" in the region.

"Today we announce another dramatic breakthrough towards peace," he said. "Today Khartoum says yes to peace with Israel, yes to acknowledging Israel and yes to normalization with Israel. This is a new era, an era of true peace."

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From the Right
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President Trump on Friday announced a peace deal that would normalize ties with between Israel and Sudan, claiming there "would be many more peace deals to come in the Middle East."

Trump invited reporters into the Oval Office while he was on the phone with the leaders of Israel and Sudan to discuss the latest U.S.-brokered deal in the run-up to Election Day.

"Three months ago, no one thought this was possible. Even Bibi didn't know if this was possible, right Bibi?" Trump asked his ally, Israel Prime Minister...

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