Palestinians condemn Israeli minister's visit to Morocco

2021-11-27 11:18:22
Palestinians condemn Israeli minister's visit to Morocco

Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip expressed their anger at a security pact signed between Israel and Morocco, saying the North African nation has betrayed Palestinians and eroded their leverage with Israel.

The agreement is part of the first official visit by Israeli minister of military affairs Benny Gantz to one of the Arab states that normalized ties with the regime last year, provoking widespread outrage among Palestinians.

The agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and future arms sales between Israel and Morocco.

“The agreement between Morocco and Israel will jeopardize regional security, and will give the occupying regime the opportunity to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian nation, and to infringe upon the security of African people,” Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas resistance movement, wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Friday.

He called on Moroccan authorities to reverse the dangerous move.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee also denounced formalization of security cooperation between the North African state and the Israeli regime.

Israel and Morocco agreed on December 10, 2020 to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of Trump’s administration, making the North African country the fourth Arab state last year to strike a normalization deal with the regime. The others were the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

Former US president Donald Trump sealed the agreement 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.

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