Bomb an armaments factory in Sudan, that is. The Sudanese say we did:
An arms factory in Khartoum where there were blasts and a huge fire overnight was attacked by four military planes, a Sudanese minister said on Wednesday, blaming the air strike on Israel.
Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighbouring Egypt, has blamed Israel for such strikes in the past but Israel has always either refused to comment or said it neither admitted or denied involvement.
“Four military planes attacked the Yarmouk plant … We believe that Israel is behind it,” Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman told reporters, adding that the planes had appeared to approach the site from the east.
“Sudan reserves the right to strike back at Israel,” he said, adding two citizens had been killed and that the plant had been partially destroyed.
Around 300 people gathered in the evening at the courtyard of a government building where the Sudanese cabinet was meeting at an emergency session, shouting “Death to Israel” and “Remove Israel from the map.”
“Israel is a country of injustice that needs to be deterred,” Vice President Ali Osman Taha, standing next to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, told the crowd. “This attack only strengthens our firmness.”
The governor of Khartoum state had initially ruled out any “external” reasons for the blast but officials later showed journalists a video from the site. A huge crater could be seen next to two destroyed buildings and what appeared to be a rocket lying on the ground.
Osman said an analysis of rocket debris and other material on the ground had shown that Israel was behind the attack.
It sounds like just another excuse to blame Israel for something or other and then organize a noisy rally to allow the repressed Sudanese people to let off some steam.
On Wednesday night, Sudan’s ambassador to the UN sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking for an official censure of Israel over its alleged attack of the facility.
I wonder how that works without any actual evidence. Oh, wait, this is the UN after all. Who needs actual proof if it is Israel in the dock.
Elder of Ziyon has some very interesting speculation, if not analysis, that the arms factory was effectively an Iranian operation:
JE Dyer has some analysis:
Media reporting has suggested for more than a decade that Iran set up an arms factory in Sudan in the 1990s. (US intelligence suspected a Sudanese factory of producing weaponizable chemical agents in the ‘90s, and the Sudanese government of complicity in supplying al Qaeda. This led to a Tomahawk missile attack on the factory by Bill Clinton after the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Iran was not implicated by US intelligence in this installation.) Tehran is Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir’s chief foreign patron – well suited to his penchant for atrocities against his non-Muslim population – and of course is also the main supplier of arms to Hamas and Hezbollah.
Members of the Sudanese opposition have told reporters the arms factory that was hit was Iranian-sponsored. This is very probable, and it is equally probable that the attack was, in fact, conducted by the IAF. Sudan to Egypt to Gaza is a known arms route, and during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, when Israeli forces were going after Hamas in the wake of more than 4400 rocket attacks from Gaza up through December 2008, two arms convoys intended for Hamas were attacked on the roads through northern Sudan. Another convoy for Hamas was reportedly attacked in Sudan in December of 2011. (A peculiar report from early 2009 also suggested that a ship – possibly carrying arms – had been sunk in or near a Sudanese port. While fun to analyze, the report could not be considered definitive.)
The Times of Israel brings a roundup of the Israeli media coverage of the Sudanese explosion. They mention one salient point from Yisrael Hayom:
Israel Hayom, like the rest of the pack, emphasizes the fact that the Yarmouk Complex is located 1,900 kilometers from Israel. “If indeed they were Israeli planes that bombed Sudan, they covered a greater distance than that to the underground nuclear enrichment facility at Fordo in Iran,” the paper writes.
The only people who know for sure who is responsible are the ones who carried out the attack. And to them I say thank you and kol hakavod.
And yes, I hope Israel did indeed do it. Let our enemies fear the long arm of Israeli justice.