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Normalization of Morocco's relations with the Zionist entity

16:22 16 December 2020 Author :  


The Moroccan recognition of the Zionist entity and the establishment of relations with it in exchange for the United States' recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Moroccan Sahara caused a difficult shock to the Islamist-oriented Justice and Development Party and placed it at a crossroads with the state.

Last August, Saad Eddin El Othmani, the Moroccan Prime Minister and the Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party, confirmed his opposition to any normalization with the Zionist entity.

In fact, the Justice and Development Party has not issued a decisive statement on the matter until now, pending a meeting of the party’s general secretariat. The critical situation of the party and its government with the state is heading towards complexity and decay. The party and its government will either submit to the will of the state or oppose it; and this would put the government's stability into question.

For the record, the amendments and consensus that took place during the Moroccan movement, in the past decade, that the government and the king share power and manage the state, the king is the head of the system and the government, and there is the Prime Minister (Saad al-Din al-Othmani). The king is the one who determines all the features of the foreign policy, even if the ministers are chosen from the government coalition parties, Al- Othmani and his government have no role in preventing normalization, so he must issue a clear position.

When the prime minister, Al-Othmani announced his rejection of normalization in a previous declaration, the king respected it. Anyway, it seems that the current trend is going towards establishing relations with the Zionist entity while allowing opposition with historical positions on the Palestinian issue to announce its position! This is what happened by national and Islamic institutions in which the Justice Party and its members contribute. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the ruling Party may put the government in an embarrassing situation with the state, even if the political necessities make it a deeper Islamic party pragmatism.

On the other hand, Trump's announcement that the Moroccan Sahara belongs to Morocco is a media gain, and nothing more. As it will not entail any legal confirmation of this sovereignty. With the presence of a new upcoming administration, all options and promises of Trump may be cancelled due to the presence of a stream of Democrats and Republicans opposing to this step, but they do not object to normalization between the Zionist entity and Morocco.

In the end, the Zionist entity will make a new breakthrough at the expense of the Palestinian cause, with the country presiding over the Jerusalem summit!

Despite the statement that Morocco will stand with Palestinian rights, it has nothing to offer to oblige the Zionist entity to these rights after the normalization of the relationship with it.

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