• By The Financial District


The US-brokered Sudan-Israel deal to normalize ties is “phony” and was secured by a “ransom,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said, Mark Heinrich reported for Reuters

“Pay enough ransom, close your eyes to the crimes against Palestinians, then you’ll be taken off the so-called ‘terrorism’ blacklist,’” the ministry tweeted. “Obviously, the list is as phony as the US fight against terrorism. Shameful.” 

Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday to take steps to normalize relations in an accord engineered with the help of the US, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the last two months after Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

US President Donald Trump brokered the deal and claimed the Palestinians also “are wanting to do something” but offered no proof. Palestinian leaders have condemned recent Arab overtures to Israel as a betrayal of their nationalist cause and have refused to engage with the Trump administration, seeing it as biased in favor of Israel. “No one has the right to speak in the name of the Palestinian people and in the name of the Palestinian cause,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement.