The Trump administration has done it again. Morocco has become the fourth Arab country to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. After the White House brokered peace deals between the Jewish state and Bahrain, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, it appears that other nations are ready to jump on the bandwagon.
Morocco to Establish Ties With Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced that Israel and Morocco will reopen economic liaison offices, which were shuttered in 2002, and work towards exchanging ambassadors and starting up direct flights. President Donald Trump indicated that he signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara, a disputed territory.
“Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for a just and lasting solution for enduring peace and prosperity!” he tweeted. “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777. It is thus fitting we recognize their sovereignty over the Western Sahara,” he added.
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner touted the diplomatic achievement, noting that it “comes on the heels of four years of very, very hard work and very intense diplomacy.”
The Jerusalem Post reported:
“The move is the culmination of a successful year of upgrading Israel’s relations with Arab and Muslim countries, beginning with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting Chad and meeting Sudan’s leader in Uganda, the Abraham Accords, as well as the warming relations and cooperation with Saudi Arabia, in addition to a number of other Arab states.
Israel proposed a scenario similar to what has since unfolded, by which normalization with Morocco would come in conjunction with American recognition of the Western Sahara, to the White House in the beginning of this year, as reported in multiple Israeli media sources.”
One reason Morocco may have decided to normalize ties with Israel is the growing Iranian threat in the Middle East. The country cut ties with Iran in 2018 after it funded, through Hezbollah, a Western Sahara separatist movement called Polisario.
Netanyahu discussed the many Israelis of Moroccan heritage when he gave his remarks. “Everyone knows the warm ties of the kings of Morocco and the Moroccan ppl to the Jewish community there,” Netanyahu said. “Hundreds of thousands of Jews moved to Israel from Morocco and they form a living bridge between the people of Morocco and Israel. This solid base is the foundation on which we build this peace.”
King Mohammad VI of Morocco had a phone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, during which he stated that he still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also stressed that negotiations between the two parties are the only way to reach a comprehensive solution to the conflict.
If former Vice President Joe Biden is declared the winner of the presidential election, it won’t be easy to tell how diplomacy in the Middle East will proceed. The corporate media and the Democratic Party have largely ignored Trump’s successes in foreign policy. But perhaps if Biden picks up where Trump left off, they will be more willing to celebrate these achievements.
On the other hand, the Democrats might not want a continual reminder that the Trump administration actually made strides in pushing the Middle East towards peace. If Biden convinces other nations to follow suit, the public will know that it started under Trump’s tenure in the White House.
Also, it’s important to remember how the Obama administration treated Israel. Biden might very well bring back the hostile approach that they took with the Jewish state. The former vice president has appeared to be more interested in appeasing Iran than cultivating a healthy relationship with the nation’s closest ally in the Middle East. Either way, Biden’s potential presidency might not be a positive sign for those who wish to see more of these peace deals.
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