In Blow to US Efforts, Morocco Says No to Normalization with Israel

Morocco's Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El-Othmani. (Photo: File)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Morocco will not follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates and normalize with Israel, the country’s Prime Minister Saad-Eddine El-Othmani said during a high-level political meeting late on Sunday.

El-Othmani told members of his Justice and Development Party that Morocco “refuses to normalize relations with the Zionist entity (referring to Israel) because this will embolden it to further breach the rights of the Palestinian people.” 

The top Moroccan official reiterated that the country’s King, government and people will remain steadfast in defense of the rights of the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque, located in occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem (Al-Quds).

“In 1993, Morocco and Israel had low-level diplomatic ties following the signing of the Oslo Accords between the Palestinians and Israel,” Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

“However, Rabat suspended the relations with Israel following the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising in 2000,” Anadolu added.

On August 13, Israel and the UAE have reached a deal that is expected to lead to “full normalization of relations” between the small Arab nation and Israel in an agreement that US President Donald Trump brokered.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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1 Comment

  1. Whether it will good or bad difficult to finalize now. Since reality strongly indicates Palestine crisis & oppressed Palestinians are considered by the OIC & Saudi controlled gulf states UAE Bahrain Jordan Morocco Oman just as their beneficial trade capital to bargain & buy US weapons. So oppressed Palestinians are ruined and Jerusalem abandoned from Saudi radical Islamism. Did you know in 1965 or 1963 a meeting of Arab Muslim countries was held at Rabat to strengthen defence sector. Israel installed listening device secretly with Moroccan assistance in that meeting hall as a result Israel pocket the decisions of that meeting & later in 1967 attacked Arabs. So to whom do you trust?

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