Morocco and Israel
Morocco was the fourth Arab country to normalize relations with Israel since last August, the first being the UAE, then Bahrain and Sudan.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi welcomed Thursday the announcement of the normalization of relations between Morocco and Israel, calling it an “important step” for the region.
“I have followed with great interest the important development regarding Morocco and Israel agreeing to normalize relations between them under the auspices of the United States,” Sisi wrote in a tweet, adding, “The most important step is this important step as it achieves more stability and regional cooperation in our region.”
Netanyahu thanks the King of Morocco
In a televised speech, Thursday evening, before lighting the candle of the Jewish Hanukkah holiday, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked the King of Morocco for what he described as the “warm relationship” between the two countries.
LIVE! Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following US President Donald Trump's announcement regarding Morocco, at Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Kotel. https://t.co/CK9VbORFwq
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 10, 2020
In his speech, Netanyahu said: “I have always believed in this peace that is being achieved today before our eyes. I would like to thank President Trump for implementing these agreements and I thank the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, for this historic decision to make peace with Israel.”
Hamas: a political sin
On Thursday, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) considered the decision to normalize relations between Morocco and Israel “a political sin that does not serve the Palestinian cause and encourages the occupation to deny the rights of our people,” according to the movement’s spokesman Hazem Qassem in a statement to AFP.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement to AFP that the decision represents “a political sin that does not serve the Palestinian cause and encourages the occupation to deny the rights of our people.” He added, “The occupation is taking advantage of all cases of normalization in order to increase the dose of its aggressive policy against our Palestinian people and increase its settlement intrusion.”
To the United Nations: Our position is consistent
Trump announced the United States’ recognition of the full sovereignty of Morocco over Western Sahara, and observers said that this is “a meeting of normalization with Israel.” But the United Nations has another opinion, as the spokesman for its Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, confirmed that the position has not changed regarding Western Sahara after the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over this region.
Stefan Dujarric said during his daily press conference that Guterres “believes (…) that it is still possible to reach a solution on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions.”
Commenting on the exchange of fire between Morocco and the Polisario Front about a month ago in this region, the spokesman affirmed that Guterres’ message to the two sides is “to avoid any move that would cause an exacerbation of the already tense situation.”