Israel in Darfur and Arab National Security
By Ahmad Hussein AS-SHIMI
Translated by Adib S. Kawar
"Israel's Success in developing its relations with western African
states especially these falling south of the Great Sahara region
bordering Arab African states shall achieve very important strategic
gains for it, which shall overcome areas of its strategic weakness due
to the tight band of Arab States surrounding it, to reach to the open
Arab back in a place Arabs do not expect"
. this is the resume of
words ex Israeli chief of staff, General Hayem Laskoff, described his
country's policy in relation to the African continent, that policy in
which the Israel role becomes more apparent whenever conflicts comes
to the open in its different arenas, especially after the discovery of
natural resources such as oil and uranium in the continent.
Sudan could be a one of the cornerstones of this strategy, due to the
consistent trail of Israel's successive governments since the early
fifties of the 20th century, to obtain for itself a foothold in that
region, whether it is in Sudan proper or the Sudanese province of Darfur.
The Darfur province is of vital importance for the co-Israeli/American
agenda and their planning for it. Darfur is geographically in a
position that is adjacent to a great lake of oil reserves extending
from the Sudanese province of Bahr Al-Ghazal through Chad, Niger,
Mauritania, Mali, and Cameroon, thus taking control of it is
considered a safety valve for them due, to the easiness of drilling
and pumping oil produced in this region, and as being one of the
biggest oil rich regions in the world, which has not yet been
exploited, because of conflicts and wars that have been taking place
in Sudan during the last twenty years.
U.S. interest in the province goes far beyond human concern, as the
U.S. is well aware that Africa is one of the fastest growing regions
in the world in oil production, and by 2012 the U.S. could be in a
position to import quantities from Africa equal to those it is
presently importing from the Middle East, as per the research prepared
by the American Center of Foreign relations in Washington.
The province also contains large mineral deposits, the most important
of which is Uranium. Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir noted that
Darfur has the richest uranium deposits in the world, and western
sources have statistics and documents about mineral fortunes that are
dormant in its land.
In addition to oil and uranium, the Darfur province has 40 million
Fadans of fertile land that only one third of it has been up till now
exploited. It has 24 million fadans of forestry and natural pastures
that contain huge quantities of gum Arabica trees estimated at 16% of
the international production, in addition to big quantities of copper,
lead, granite, chrome, rare types of rocks, alluvium and construction
stones, which forms 45% of Sudan's exports besides oil.
Surrounding Arab States
The strategic importance of Darfur is not only of great interest to
the U.S., it is vital to Israel too, Israel's interference hides
behind humanitarian help to execute its secret plans. Israel gave
financial and medical help to those harmed in the province or in Chad
and other states surrounding Sudan. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign
Affairs budgeted 20 million shekels in assistance to refugees from
Sudan, it also announced that it opened a campaign to collect
contributions by all societies and NGOs for the same purpose, and also
announced its plan to buy pharmaceuticals and water softening and
distilling equipment for a value of US$ 800 000 From Israeli
companies to be transported to refugee camps in the Republic of
Central Africa, also constructing field clinics and hospitals, and
shall man them by Israeli doctors, and shall establish branches in
Kenya to help refugees.
Agents of Israel's intelligence organization, Mossad, are spread in a
vast number of States surrounding Arab countries to encircle them from
the south, Israeli policy also aims at using these in case future war
breaks out; so as Darfur and most the south Sahara States are a great
arena for settling conflicts and disputes between Arabs and Israel.
Israeli policy aims at obtaining military facilities in the Nile
source Plateau states. Please read the article entitled "The African
Lake Plateau is an Israeli Playground", and using its air and naval
bases, in addition to five Israeli bases in Hanish and Halak in
Ethiopia, used for espionage on Arab States, as well as marketing its
production of military equipment and weapons, and building African
military cadres loyal to it.
These donations shall make of Israel one of the ten largest donors to
needy refugees in 2007, which is a big step over the past years.
Israeli Maariv daily wrote that it budgeted two million U.S. dollars,
the U.S. gave 380 million dollars since the beginning of the year.
The Sudanese Government openly accused Israel of escalating the
conflict in Darfur, as former Sudanese minister of foreign affairs,
Mustapha Othman Ismael said. Information available to us confirms what
news media wrote that there is Israeli support to insurgents, and the
coming days shall uncover Israeli connection with them.
Aid and Politics
On the other hand, Israeli minister of foreign affairs, Tzipi Livni,
announced during a meeting with African ambassadors in Tel Aviv, that
great numbers of Darfur refugees entered Israel through the
Egyptian/Israeli common borderline. Sudanese sources accused Tel Aviv
of facilitating infiltrators to sneak into Israel, to utilize the
problem in defaming Sudan's reputation. Tel Aviv said that three
thousand refugees entered occupied Palestine, among which 40% came
from the south, 35% from Darfur and 25% from the Nuba mountains.
Israel aims at achieving two goals, that it is giving humanitarian
help for peoples suffering from tragedies, which as per Israel's point
of view shall allow it to build good relations with the inhabitants
of the neighboring countries, and gives it the opportunities to have a
foothold and future relations that go beyond good human relations.
They seek to reduce international pressure on themselves, namely by
distracting international attention from the drastic human conditions
Palestinians are living in the occupied territories, and guiding the
attention of the international community to Darfur.
Israeli/American interest and plans interlink in Darfur, to establish
an independent State in western Sudan, under the leadership of the
Az-Ghawi tribe that leads the insurgency in the province, besides
establishing a technologically advanced military base under common
American-British-Israeli observance, the purpose of which is to
control security status, and political interactions in Egypt, Sudan,
Libya, African states and the Red Sea. It also aims at protecting the
oil pipeline that the U.S. is conducting negotiations to build, which
shall be extending from Iraq, the Gulf States, to the Red Sea then to
the Darfur province through Libya and Morocco to the Atlantic Ocean.
This plan comes as per the strategic report approved by the Congress
in the year 2000 on Sudan as a base for the American strategy in the
Black Continents, and to fulfill it there, complete with coordination
between U.S. intelligence and Israeli Mossad, Darfur insurgents aim at
destabilizing the province and creating chaos and terror within its
ranks. It also aims at obtaining international sympathy for deploying
international forces in the province, to become a jumping point to get
full control over the Horn of Africa, which tallies with its strategy
and control on the new oil basin there.
There is no doubt if the Sudanese government approve on deploying
international forces in the province it would have opened the door
wide for more violence, then the Mossad shall find itself free to
create more violence and instability and thus do whatever it desires,
to repeat the present scenario presently prevailing in Iraq.
Following the same trend the U.S. shall put further pressure on the
Sudanese Government to accept the deployment of international forces
in the province, through imposing economic sanctions, and accusing
Khartoum of committing genocide in Darfur by arming the Arab Janjaweed
militias to confront the insurgents, and its trial to abort any Arab
initiative to contain the crisis, and create doubt in the ability of
African forces in achieving stability in the province.
And lastlt, it is clear that what is taking place on the ground
uncovers Israeli/American intentions that support first separating the
province from Sudan, and later fragmenting Sudan and other African
States, to give an over all deadly blow to the Arab national security,
thus it would be necessary for Arab States to refuse the deployment of
international forces in Darfur, and the continuity the of the presence
of African Unity Forces, supporting them with more forces to fill the
shortage in power to increase its ability to take control of the
situation there, and to abort any Israeli/American plans to enter
another Arab State, and so as not repeat the tragic situation
prevailing in Palestine.
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