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Israeli PM Hails ‘Historic’ Morocco Normalisation Agreement

File photograph: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offers a press convention in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020. – Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations in a landmark US-brokered deal, solely the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation. The settlement, first introduced by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, will see Israel halt its plan to annex massive elements of the occupied West Bank, based on the UAE. (Photo by Abir SULTAN / POOL / AFP)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday hailed as “historic” a normalisation settlement with Morocco and anticipated direct flights between the 2 nations quickly.

In a televised tackle, he thanked Moroccan King Mohammed VI “for taking this historic decision to bring an historic peace between us”.

Netanyahu stated the folks of Israel and Morocco have had a “warm relationship in the modern period”.

“We will resume liaison offices quickly between Israel and Morocco and work as rapidly as possible to establish full diplomatic relations,” Netanyahu stated.

Morocco and Israel had respectively maintained liaison workplaces in Tel Aviv and Rabat within the Nineteen Nineties, earlier than closing them in 2000.

“We’ll also institute direct flights… giving this bridge of peace an even more solid foundation,” the premier stated.

Netanyahu additionally alluded to a “tremendous friendship shown by the kings of Morocco and the people of Morocco to the Jewish community there.”

He stated the a whole bunch of hundreds Moroccan Jews who immigrated to Israel “formed a human bridge” between the nations.

File photograph: Morocco map.


In the Fifties and 60s, Jews from Iraq, Yemen and Morocco migrated to the Jewish state, the place key posts had been within the arms of Ashkenazi Jews, who hail from Europe.

Called Mizrahim, Jewish migrants from Arab states settled exterior massive cities and felt excluded on the time by the Israeli left-wing, which was then in energy.

But on the finish of the Nineteen Seventies, Likud, now the right-wing ruling get together of Netanyahu, courted their vote to kind one other electoral base.

“I’ve always believed that this historic day would come,” Netanyahu stated, earlier than lighting a candle for the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, which started Thursday.

After the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, Morocco is the fourth Arab state since August to decide to establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

The settlement between Israel and Morocco was introduced Thursday by US President Donald Trump, who additionally stated the US would recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for “his extraordinary efforts to bring peace to Israel and the peoples of the Middle East”.

– ‘Political sin’ –
Islamist Hamas motion, which controls the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian coastal enclave, rapidly slammed the deal between Israel and Morocco.

“It is a political sin that does not serve the Palestinian cause and encourages the occupation to continue to deny the rights of our people,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem, advised AFP, referring to Israel.

He accused Israel of “exploiting” normalisation offers to justify “increasing its settlements”

Over the previous decade — significantly underneath Trump, whose insurance policies have been extremely beneficial to Israel — there was a major enlargement of settlements within the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

More than 450,000 Israelis dwell in settlements within the West Bank, house to about 2.8 million Palestinians.

Settlement enlargement is broadly seen as complicating the prospects for a “two-state solution”, which might see a viable Palestinian state created alongside Israel.


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