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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. 

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