South Sudan, Israel’s New Ally

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Starting in the mid-1990s, John Eibner of Christian Solidarity International redeemed tens of thousands of slaves in Sudan while Charles Jacobs of the American Anti-Slavery Group led a “Sudan Campaign” in the United States that brought together a wide coalition of organizations. As all Americans abhor slavery, the abolitionists formed a unique alliance of Left and Right, including Barney Frank and Sam Brownback, the Congressional Black Caucus and Pat Robertson, black pastors and white Evangelicals. In contrast, Louis Farrakhan was exposed and embarrassed by his attempts to deny slavery’s existence in Sudan.

The abolitionist effort culminated in 2005 when the George W. Bush administration pressured Khartoum in 2005 to sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the war and gave southerners a chance to vote for independence. They enthusiastically did so in January 2011, when 98 percent voted for secession from Sudan, leading to the formation of the Republic of South Sudan six months later, an event hailed by Mr. Peres as “a milestone in the history of the Middle East.”.

Israel’s long-term investment has paid off. South Sudan fits into a renewed periphery strategy that includes Cyprus, Kurds, Berbers, and, perhaps one day, a post-Islamist Iran. South Sudan offers access to natural resources, especially oil. Its role in Nile River water negotiations offers leverage vis-à-vis Egypt. Beyond practical benefits, the new republic represents an inspiring example of a non-Muslim population resisting Islamic imperialism through its integrity, persistence, and dedication. In this sense, the birth of South Sudan echoes that of Israel.

If Kiir’s Jerusalem visit is truly to mark a milestone, South Sudan must travel the long path from dirt-poor, international protectorate with feeble institutions to modernity and genuine independence. This path requires the leadership not to exploit the new state’s resources nor dream of creating a “New Sudan” by conquering Khartoum, but to lay the foundations for successful statehood.

For the Israelis and other Westerners, this means both helping with agriculture, health, and education and urging Juba to stay focused on defense and development while avoiding wars of choice. A successful South Sudan could eventually become a regional power and a stalwart ally not just of Israel but of the West.

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  • tarleton

    It has been a long night for the africans in S Sudan living under Islamic tyranny …good luck to their new Republic

  • ziontruth

    South Sudan is the democratization of the Middle East done right. I've always maintained it was premature for Western powers to invade the Islamic Middle East while there are still enemy troopers—Muslim invader-immigrants—to be dealt with on their own soil, but if it had to be done, that's how it should have been done: Taking land away from Muslims in order to set up non-Muslim states.

    The occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and their logical extensions in the misnamed "Arab Spring," can be characterized as a bungling of the entire process. How so? Because they have brought forth more Islam, when what is needed for world peace is less Islam. In this entire desert-wind blast of Islamic resurgence that threatens to turn everything to ashes, the non-Muslim state of South Sudan is the only true flowering to have happened for decades.

  • isabarini

    they know the evil of islam, and they are smart enough to understand that ONLY ISRAEL can protect them!