An Israeli aircraft has crossed into Sudanese airspace and flown over its territory for the first time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his statement on Sunday. He stressed that this first step was an example of the warming of relations between two states formally being at war.
“Israeli aircraft made a historic first flight over Sudan,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said two weeks after he had met with the Arab state’s leader in Uganda.
Sudan and Israel are still technically at war, which supported hardline Islamists – including, for a period, Al Qaeda – during the rule of President Omar al-Bashir. The ousted dictator had been overthrown by the army last April after the months-lasting mass anti-government protests.
“The first Israeli airplane passed yesterday over the skies of Sudan. This is quite a change,” Netanyahu advised American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on Sunday evening.
He did not offer further details. An Israeli government official said the plane was “a private Israeli executive jet.”