Israel-Sudan accord is bad news for Hamas
What's bad for Hamas is good for Israel! Hamas is very concerned about the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel. Sudan, a Sunni Muslim state, has for many years been a convenient setting for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and a vital smuggling route for weapons from Iran into the Gaza Strip because of its location along the Red Sea. So, the Israel-Sudan agreement means trouble for Iran and Hamas alike. On Oct. 23, Hamas issued a statement condemning the agreement, calling on the Sudanese people to "fight all forms of normalization and have nothing to do with the criminal enemy."
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh | File photo: AP/Hatem Moussa
According to intelligence experts, a large stockpile of Fajr-5 rockets that had been intended for Hamas was destroyed in the attack. The stockpile may have also contained medium-range "Shahab-3" ballistic missiles with a range of 1,280 km (800 miles), that were to have been stationed in Sudan and used to threaten Israel.