Moroccan lawyers call for cancelation of normalization deal with Israel
A group of Moroccan lawyers have severely censured the Rabat government over its recent deal regarding the normalization of ties with Israel, demanding an immediate cancellation of the decision.
On Monday, the lawyers filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court and called for the annulment of all decisions that envisage the normalization of relations between the North African country and the Tel Aviv regime in political, diplomatic, economic as well as tourism spheres.
They announced that the decisions run contrary to the general regime of Morocco as well as against the Constitution, the United Nations Convention, the principle of international legitimacy and the Vienna conventions.
Israel and Morocco agreed on December 10 to normalize ties in a deal brokered with the assistance of the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump, making the North African country the fourth Arab state in 2020 to strike a normalization deal with the regime. The others to do so were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
Donald Trump sealed the deal in a phone call with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI. As part of the agreement, the US president agreed to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara region, which has been at the center of a dispute with neighboring Algeria.
The Algerian Foreign Ministry later rejected Trump’s stance, adding that the US decision “has no legal effect because it contradicts UN resolutions, especially UN Security Council resolutions on Western Sahara.”
The Algeria-backed and pro-independence Polisario Front has similarly rejected “in the strongest terms” Trump’s stance on the disputed Western Sahara Desert region, stating that the outgoing US president strived to give to Morocco “that which does not belong to it.”
The agreement with Israel has also received condemnation from the Palestinians.
On Sunday night, a three-person Moroccan delegation arrived in Israel for the first time to handle logistics ahead of launching the country’s liaison office in Tel Aviv.
The delegates are also anticipated to prepare for a high-level delegation to come to Israel at another time, which is still not finalized.
The Moroccan diplomats have a number of meetings scheduled in the Israeli foreign ministry, yet their low-key visit does not currently include any public events or statements.
Also on Monday, Israeli Economy Minister Amir Peretz had a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Minister of Industry, Trade and New Technologies Moulay Hafid Elalamy, in order to discuss economic collaboration.