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How Sudan’s Civil War Was Aided By The US’ Israel Normalization Agenda

The US government recently condemned an attack that murdered over 100 civilians in the Wad al-Noura area of Sudan, committed by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) who are waring with Sudanese military. Yet, Washington’s projected outrage over the ongoing atrocities committed in the North African nation are tantamount to a cover-up of the US government’s role in fueling the ongoing conflict, due in large part to its regional agenda to normalize ties between Arab States and Israel.

The ongoing conflict in Sudan was sparked following an order given in 2023 by the de-facto Sudanese leader and head of its military, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to launch airstrikes on positions of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by the notoriously brutal Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemedti). The US has since taken the position of leaning towards the Sudanese army and choosing to send aid packages to the country, which has had minimal impact on the situation in which 8 million have been forced from their homes and a further 18 million face an acute food shortage.

However, as noted by Foreign Policy magazine, not only are US policies largely responsible for the turmoil we see today in Sudan, but the conflict was quite predictable as well. The question then stands: If the conflict was predictable, then why would the US government allow it to happen and encourage steps to be taken by the ruling authorities that worsened tensions over the span of years?

The US-Israeli Normalization Agenda

As the US navigates its way through West Asia and Northern Africa, in the emerging multi-polar world where nations across the MENA region form ties with both Russia and China, it was forced with developing a new set of agendas in order to assert its power. Although Washington is no longer capable of simply supplanting its military in any country it chooses, overthrowing and re-shaping nations in this manner, it still does hold economic blackmail as a major card with which to control poorer nations. This strategy is both a lot less costly than direct wars of aggression and enables destabilization to take place without the international spotlight being fixated on their role, as is the case right now with the US support for the ongoing genocide in Gaza.

Israel, on the other hand, sought to expand its influence and economy and to force itself onto areas of the world where the majority of the population rejects them, but also where unelected autocrats are purchasable for the right price.

In the case of Sudan, an opportunity presented itself in 2019, when a popular revolt pressured the nation’s military into overthrowing its longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir. Under the previous Sudanese regime, there were many allegations of the nation having been used to transfer funds and weapons to Hamas in Gaza. It was recently revealed that Israel had even launched a failed attempt inside Sudan, headed by the Mossad, to track down a retired military general, Abdel Basset Hamza, who stands accused of helping finance Hamas and was even placed on a US sanction list last October.

Bashir was also closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, and for his stances that were hostile to Israel and the West’s liberal agenda, the United States had enforced heavy sanctions that crippled the nation’s economy and led to a regime that grew towards greater corruption and repressive measures against its people. This formed what has been called the Sudanese “Deep State”, comprised of corrupt army officials and state-aligned militia leaders who work for their own selfish benefits and often at the expense of innocent civilians.

By seizing control of the state, Sudan’s armed forces provided the United States and Israel with the cover to work with the same corrupt officials they had been sanctioning and condemning for decades. While they knew that the ousting of President Bashir didn’t suddenly transform the Sudanese State, and that it in fact only made it more chaotic by removing the one man who kept the tyranny underneath him bottled in, the US-Israeli alliance wasn’t going to turn its back on this opportunity to progress the “normalization” agenda.

When it comes to former US President Donald Trump’s series of Israeli-Arab normalization deals, dubbed the “Abraham Accords”, the wave of agreements was clearly being led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that had maintained clandestine relations with Israel for decades prior.

The former Trump administration foreign policy was driven heavily by the UAE and Israel, which likely helped drive his normalization push. For instance, one of Donald Trump’s top advisors to his campaign and inaugural committee chair, Thomas Barrack, maintained close ties with the Emiratis and was even accused as working as an unregistered foreign agent until he was later acquitted. Despite Barrack being let off the hook over allegations that he worked as an Emirati foreign agent, he certainly did influence Trump, as his close personal friend, to pursue a policy of forming tight relationships with the “brilliant young leaders” of the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Trump’s first foreign visit as President was notably to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Also, the notorious pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson, and his Israeli wife Miriam, bankrolled the 2016 Trump campaign.

Why Are The Israelis Seeking A Foothold In Sudan?

One of the primary reasons behind the push for normalization of ties between Tel Aviv and Khartoum is the strategic importance of establishing a stronghold in the area. It would give Israel a foothold in the Red Sea, which is vital for international shipping as we have recently seen in the case of the Yemeni imposed blockade on ships heading to the Israeli-controlled Port of Eilat. Israel also plans to begin IT and agricultural projects in Sudan.

The Israelis, along with their Emirati partners, currently illegally occupy Yemen’s Socotra Island; around which 9% of the world’s annual global petroleum supply passes. This Island is also a strategic stronghold for the UAE-Israeli alliance, as it is situated close to the Gulf of Aden, the Horn of Africa, and the Indian Ocean, demonstrating the intent of Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi to establish their control in the region.

According to Israel Hayom, the country’s most widely read news paper, Tel Aviv views Sudan as its staging ground and route into Africa and also key to solving the ongoing issue of some 150,000 African migrants, which had been at the centre of Israeli politics for some time. Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has repeatedly been accused of racism and stirring anti-refugee sentiments (which was a major element in the Rwanda genocide), even threatening to deport African migrants. Establishing relations with Sudan could lead to a solution for Israel’s alleged “African problem”, which the Jewish supremacist regime and much of its population disapproves of due to African migrants posing a perceived threat to the Jewish majority demographic agenda.

Why Help Stir Civil War?

Given the reasons noted above for Israel to seek a normalization deal with Sudan, it may appear that it would favor Tel Aviv and the overall US regional agenda for their to be peace in the country. However, it was clear from the beginning that the United States was never willing to encourage Khartoum to take steps that would usher in a representative democracy that represents its people. Also, there are some other damning facts that demonstrate Israel’s involvement in aiding the outbreak of war, which is rarely ever mentioned.

Israel immediately jumped in to offer its services as a mediator between both the Sudanese military and Rapid Support Forces, while boasting its ties to both sides, which was portrayed in the Western media as if Tel Aviv was attempting to play a stabilising role in the country. Israel’s Foreign Ministry initially joined Egypt in backing Sudan’s de-facto leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, while the Mossad was clearly supporting Hemedti’s RSF.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, popularly known as Hemedti, is amongst the richest billionaires in Sudan, owns a large portion of the nation’s gold mines and maintains perhaps the worst human rights record in the country. His private army, the RSF, have been placed at the disposal of the UAE for their efforts at maintaining a military foothold in southern Yemen, and were notably involved in working with the Sudanese military in ousting the former President Bashir in 2019. Ironically, it was Omar Bashir that had initially empowered Hemedti, allowed for him to form his private army and gave him a free hand to seize lucrative gold mines in Darfur.

Almost immediately after the ouster of President Bashir in 2019, Hemedti’s ties to the Israeli intelligence services began emerging. It was revealed that later that year he personally signed a 6 million dollar deal with a Canadian lobbying firm, founded by a former Israeli intelligence operative, Ari Ben-Menashe. The RSF has also repeatedly expressed its support for normalization with Israel.

Hemedti has also held a number of meetings with Israeli intelligence and is viewed as a favorable candidate to General al-Burhan, due to him being easier to sway and control due to his well established foreign ties and dependency on the blackmarket gold trade for maintaining revenue flow. Hemedti met with Israeli intelligence officers, at least two times that we know about, between June 2021 and May 2022 alone.

Bolstering the notion that Israel favors the warlord Hemedti is an investigative report put together by Lighthouse Reports and Haaretz, in May of 2022, which confirmed that a jet taxied “high-end surveillance technology, made in the European Union, with the potential to tip the balance of power in Sudan” to Hemedti in Khartoum. The Predator technology belonged to the Intellexa Consortium, which is a parent company of Cytrox, owned and founded by former Israeli intelligence officer, Tal Dilian.


While Tal Dilian has now been targeted by US sanctions over international human rights abuses carried out with the technology provided by his companies, he is being dealt with as an individual. A State Department statement recently stated that “Dilian is the founder of the Intellexa Consortium and is the architect behind its spyware tools. The consortium is a complex international web of decentralized companies controlled either fully or partially by Dilian”. However, there was no mention of his ties to the Israeli government and its possible involvement in his agenda.

In 2017 for instance, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) state-run weapons company announced publicly that it was investing millions in two separate firms — Inpedio and Cytrox — in Europe. However, as Haaretz News revealed, the two firms were not actually separate and were created by the same team of Israeli nationals, including Tal Dilian.


So, an Israeli state-run weapons company invested in a project run by Israeli nationals, including an ex-intelligence officer in the Israeli military. This project then handed over technology to Sudan’s Hemedti that had the potential to tip the balance of power in his favor.

While Tel Aviv is demonstrably connected to the RSF, it does still maintain connections with the Sudanese military too, as does the United Arab Emirates. In fact, Abu Dhabi has pledged large sums to Sudan, including 3 billion dollars in aid along with their ally Saudi Arabia, 500 million of which was designated to be deposited in the Sudanese Central Bank. The thinking here is to ensure that no matter what the result of the civil war, Israel, the United States, and their Gulf allies will win and pursue their “normalization” agenda.

Robert Inlakesh
Robert Inlakesh
Robert Inlakesh is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, writer, Middle-East analyst & news correspondent for The Last American Vagabond.

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