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Netanyahu Talks with Morocco’s King and invites him to Israel to further strengthen bilateral ties
Middle East & Africa

Netanyahu Talks with Morocco’s King and invites him to Israel to further strengthen bilateral ties

Netanyahu Talks with Morocco’s King: On Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a phone conversation with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to reinforce bilateral relations and also invited him to visit Israel, Netanyahu’s office stated. 

The two chiefs talked about advancing with a US-brokered agreement that was declared recently to normalize diplomatic ties, as per the Israeli statement.

Netanyahu expressed gratitude toward King Mohammed for facilitating an official Israeli delegation this week. 

Morocco joins Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Sudan is starting to manage the deal with Israel, helped by the US to introduce a united front against the Iran regime and move back Tehran’s regional impact.

Palestinians have criticized the US-brokered agreement, witnessing disloyalty of a long-standing demand that Israel must first satisfy their statehood demand.

As the Trump regime seeks to isolate Israel’s main adversary Iran, the agreement has been improved with guarantees of business openings or monetary aid. 

On 23 Dec, Moroccan and Israeli authorities likewise marked agreements on financial systems and aviation, visa waivers for diplomatic passports, and water control.

His Highness King Mohammed highlighted the close ties between the Moroccan Jewish people and the government, the Royal Court stated. 

While welcoming the renewal of relations with Israel, His Highness said Morocco’s position in regards to Palestine stays unaltered. 

Rabat supports the two-state settlement and the exceptional character of Jerusalem as a city of three religions. 

During the meeting, Chief Economist at the Finance Ministry Shira Greenberg consented to a deal for businesses in finance with the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Morocco. 

Some portion of the agreement incorporates the advancement of different monetary joint efforts, reducing investment restrictions, sharing of data in the zones of the monetary regulations.

Moroccan Closeness To Israel Has Geopolitical Connotations
Geopolitics

Moroccan Closeness To Israel Has Geopolitical Connotations

Moroccan Closeness To Israel: Morocco has its many geopolitical reasons to have come closer to Israel. While researchers and thinkers are critical of this alliance, Rabat has taken a safe route for the time being. The growing activity of extremists is one reason that Rabat felt it needed to do something to solidify its territory. 

According to Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, Morocco’s normalisation of relations with Israel is a betrayal and a stab in the back of Palestine. However, by shaking hands with Israel, Morocco is planning to act as bridge between Israel and the Palestinian people.

This would probably explain the friendly phone call and pleasantries that were exchanged recently between King Mohammed VI and Benjamin Netanyahu. As a joint treaty has already been signed between the nations, it becomes easier for the Moroccan monarch to stress attachment to the rights of the Palestinians to establish their independent state. 

King Mohammed VI therefore echoed Morocco’s determination to contribute to finding a solution to the Palestinian cause during a phone call with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Kingdom of Morocco continues to feel troubled by the rise of Islamist extremism. At least a hundred or even many more Moroccan Sahrawis are reportedly fighting with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or (AQIM), presumably to acquire terrorist skills to bring back home to Morocco’s homeland. Moroccan Security experts somehow are not relying on Joe Biden new administration’s approach to dealing with (AQIM). Their alternate policy redirects them to Israel instead. 

Whether Benjamin Netanyahu will keep his side of the deal, is extremely doubtful owing to his self-centered tactics and lack of diplomacy with other nations. We have seen that clearly in the case of its relations with the other Middle Eastern nations. 

US, Israel, Morocco sign a Joint Declaration, promise to abide by the agreement
Middle East & Africa

US, Israel, Morocco sign a Joint Declaration, promise to abide by the agreement

Joint Declaration: On Thursday, Israel and Morocco consented to normalize relations in an agreement furnished with the help of the United States, making Morocco the fourth Arab nation to put aside contentions with Israel in the past few months. 

As per the agreement, the US President changed the longstanding U.S. strategy and recognized Morocco’s government over Western Sahara. 

Western Sahara is a desert area where a decades-old regional dispute has set Morocco in opposition to the Algeria-supported Polisario Front, a breakaway move that tries to build up a free state in the region. 

On Thursday, President Trump sealed an agreement over a call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, the White House stated.

“Another HISTORIC progress today! Our two GREAT companions, the Kingdom of Morocco and Israel have consented to full diplomatic relations an enormous achievement for peace in the Middle East!” Trump tweeted. 

Morocco is the fourth nation among the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan to strike an agreement pointed toward normalizing relations with Israel.

A significant part of the peace deal is to introduce a unified front against Iran and move back its provincial influence. 

Palestinians have been criticizing the normalization agreement, emphasizing that the Arab nations have reversed the cause of peace by deserting a longstanding requirement that Israel surrenders land for a Palestinian state before it can gets recognized. 

The Israeli delegation and the senior advisor to the US President Jared Kushner arrived in the Kingdom since Israel and Morocco consented to set up diplomatic relations.

During the conference, King Mohammed VI praised Kushner for the “considerable work achieved since his visit to Morocco in May 2018, which made it conceivable to accomplish this historic event in favor of Morocco’s territorial integrity,” and for his endeavors to guarantee regional harmony in the Middle East. 

In a statement, Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE, welcomed the historic deal between Morocco and Israel, however, on the contrary, the Palestinian authorities censured the deal, saying it empowered Israel’s denial of their rights. Palestinians have been disparaging of all the recent agreements among Israel and Arab League nations.

Saudi Arabia Presents Divided Stance On Palestine In Bahrain Summit
Middle East & Africa

Saudi Arabia Presents Divided Stance On Palestine In Bahrain Summit

Bahrain Summit: Israel got a piece of its own pie when Saudi Arabia slammed it at the Bahrain Security Summit when former Saudi intelligence head Prince Turki al-Faisal, who  warned that any normalisation deals needed to help the Palestinians obtain their own independent state.

Former Prince Faisal also served as ambassador to the US and Britain also termed Israel as a ‘western colonial’ power. While he may not hold an official position, his stance and statement speaks for King Salman’s mind. However, in contrast, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is keen to engage quietly with Israel. The Saudi prince is looking at countering a common rival, Iran meanwhile and at boosting foreign investment in the kingdom.

Ironically, Bahrain and UAE have already moved ahead to normalize relations with Israel, under the influence of outgoing US President Donald Trump. From the perspective of Prince Faisal, Saudi Arabia is clear that any kind of peace talks comes with respecting the sovereignty of Palestinians. 

In January, the Palestinians, who want to set up an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital, broke ties with the Trump administration, and are now hoping to build ties with Biden’s incoming team.

With Joe Biden coming into White House, there is a possibility of reverting the peace treaty which did not get the approval of Palestine. Trump had pulled in many Middle Eastern nations with the peace treaty at a time the nations were struggling to keep their head up at Covid-19 times. 

Meanwhile Jordon is also going into loggerheads with Israel over Palestine. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi has also made it clear that any peace with Israel will have to come with acknowledging sovereignty for Palestinian people. 

Saudi Arabia slams Iran for the accusation over nuclear scientist killing
Middle East & Africa

Saudi Arabia slams Iran for the accusation over nuclear scientist killing

Saudi Arabia slams Iran: On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir stated that Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was too eager to reprimand the Kingdom for anything negative that occurred in Iran. 

“Will Zarif reprimand us for the following flood or earthquake?” he tweeted. “It isn’t the policy of Saudi Arabia to engross in assassinations; in contrast to Iran, which has been involved in such strides since the Khomeini Revolution in 1979. 

“Ask numerous nations who have lost a significant number of their residents because of Iran’s lawbreaker and illicit conduct,” Al-Jubeir added. 

On Tuesday, Iran’s parliament passed a bill requiring the public authority to help uranium enrichment by 20% and end UN assessments of its atomic plants.

The current bill would require another parliamentary vote to get cleared and also approval from the Guardian Council. Besides, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last say on every atomic policy. 

The bill would provide European signatories to the 2015 atomic arrangement three months to lift sanctions on Iran and to reestablish its admittance to the global banking system. 

As per political analysts following the assassination of Iranian atomic scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Tehran has been blaming different nations for having a hand in it. 

“There is no uncertainty that this step establishes a threat, increasing it to 20 percent implies that it will be near developing an atomic bomb,” political researcher Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri revealed to Arab News.

He added that the move showed the Iranian government‘s emphasis on destabilizing the locale, and its assurance to dominate the competition to build atomic weapons. 

“If Iran obtains atomic weapons or accomplishes that objective then it will bring about an extraordinary peril to the region. Fakhrizadeh’s killing proposes that Iran was anticipating for an escalation.” “Iran may have the atomic bomb at this point without the global community making any move against it. 

Al-Shehri added. 

He added that the killing of the nuclear scientist won’t alter the condition, even the attacks on Iranian offices would not influence the real Iranian foundation.

In Nov, Netanyahu held discussions with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, as per Israeli media reports, Netanyahu and Mossad agency chief Yosef Meir Cohen met Prince Mohammed, along with US Secretary Mike Pompeo, in the Red Sea city of Neom, the sources added. However, Riyadh refused any such conference took place.

Moreover, The New York Times stated that the US and two other intelligence officials stated Israel had a hand in the firing on Fakhrizadeh. Israel has not yet commented on the allegation or neither denied it.

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