A Sudanese government minister, Mubarak Al-Fadil Al-Mahdi, suggested in a recent TV interview that a normalisation of relations between Sudan and Israel would be no big deal. He praised Israel's democratic and transparent regime, and the introduction of Israeli citrus agriculture and drip irrigation into Egypt. Asked whether he was planning to bring Israeli companies to Sudan, he responded: "Technology has no nationality." He also said that Arab countries have peddled in the Palestinian cause ad nauseam, with people more emotionally invested than the reality warrants.
Such heretical views could not be left unchallenged. Sudanese cleric Sheikh Muhammad Hassan Tanoun was quick to set the record straight in his next Friday sermon:
Ever since they appeared on the face of the earth, they have been the head of the serpent. All things evil and all the tragedies on Earth are caused by their schemes, their deceptions, and their wickedness. How can the movement for normalisation [of ties with Israel] be spreading in Muslim countries, even though those Jews are your worst enemies, oh Muslims?...
Enmity is the natural relationship between us and them. The Jews are your enemies.