Sudan has been doing some saber-rattling in the general direction of Israel since a weapons factory in Sudan was mysteriously bombed. Earlier this week, the Yarmouk complex, a state-owned weapons manufacturing complex in Khartoum and potentially a great name for a novel, met with an unfortunate accident when, according to Sundanese officials, four planes bombed it to pieces.
Sudan claims Israel is behind the attacks and yesterday, Sudan’s Information Minister proclaimed that Sudan will retaliate “at a place and time we choose.” This is important, of course, because the Israelis themselves probably wouldn’t choose a time or a place to be attacked by Sudan. Also, the likelihood that Sudan attacks Israel is nil.
As per policy, Israeli officials have been mum about the attack, but one anonymous Israeli official has spoken off the record about the operation. I now happily present to you, the most Israeli answer to a security question ever:
“It would be in Israel’s interest to hit a factory that was a major source of weapons for the Gaza Strip, no?”
The official went on. “Sudan has long been a playground for militants, and for Israel it would be important to send the message that they cannot use Sudan as a way station for their arms and training camps.”
Sudan has a bad history of providing weapons for terrorists in places like Gaza and Pakistan. And, in recent years, Israel and the United States are suspected of having a history of bombing them for it. Given that this was the second attack on Sudan in as many months, this might not be the last we’ll hear about it.
Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.