Morocco agree to normalise relations with Israel in US-brokered deal
HhhIsrael and Morocco agreed on Thursday to normalise relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel in the past four months.
The U.S. will also recognize Morocco’s claim over the disputed Western Sahara region, Trump wrote in a separate tweet.
Morocco recognized the United States in 1777. It is thus fitting we recognize their sovereignty over the Western Sahara.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2020
Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2020
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI agreed in a conversation with Trump that the north African nation would resume diplomatic relations with Israel “and expand economic and cultural cooperation to advance regional stability,” the White House told The Associated Press.
However, the deal was condemned by Bassam as-Salhi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, who told Reuters that it was “unacceptable and increases Israel’s belligerence and its denial of the Palestinian people’s rights.”
In Gaza, Hazem Qassem, spokesman for the ruling group Hamas, said it was “a sin and it doesn’t serve the Palestinian people,” according to Reuters. “The Israeli occupation uses every new normalization to increase its aggression against the Palestinian people and increase its settlement expansion,” he said.
However, the Moroccan king told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a phone call that he stood by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a statement from his royal court said Thursday.