World Bulletin / News Desk
A leader of Darfur rebel group demanded Israel its support in the secular rebels's insurgency against oil-rich country's government, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
"Abdel Wahid al-Nur is the head of the Sudan Liberation Movement while in Israel, he met with Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, who heads the Defense Ministry's political-security department," said paper.
The secular rebel group asked Israel to intervene to Sudan by supporting its insurgency against Islamist president Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
European Jews group, most of them Frech, brought Al-Nur to Israel "to attend the annual Herzliya Conference" earlier this month.
The ministry responded, "In the interests of national security, various and sundry meetings are held. We are not in the habit of giving responses after each of these meetings."
Sudan is the area where powerful countries struggle each other and Sudanese government to take part country's oil production.
Sudan, only started producing and exporting oil in July 1999, is sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil producer. American and European companies have strongly fought for taking part in Sudan's oil adventure - especially by Washington -. But Sudan is open to Chinese, Indian and Malaysian investors.
Sudanese sources estimate that Darfur and Kordofan may be the areas richest in oil in the entire country.
Chief prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno Ocampo, accuses Bashir of orchestrating a campaign of genocide in Sudan's western Darfur region, starting in 2003. Khartoum rejects involvement to civilian killings.
China, the African Union and Arab League have all suggested that an indictment of Bashir could destabilize the region, worsen the Darfur conflict and threaten a troubled peace deal between north Sudan and the semi-autonomous south.
The Sudan Liberation Movement was founded in 1992. It is a secular group that opposes the Islamist regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. However, it also has a military wing that has been fighting government forces in Darfur since 2001.
Al-Nur fled to France in 2007 and has not been back to Sudan since then and he announced a year ago that his movement was opening an office in Tel Aviv.