Since Algeria decided to suspend the transfer of its gas to Africa through Morocco, it has refused to renew its contract in this sense, even if it means saying a big “NO” to all mediations, those of the Emiratis, the Saudis among others,
Israel has well understood that destabilization maneuvers such as setting fire to separatist agents in Kabylia, or pushing Morocco to distribute maps of an Algeria amputated from its north … are far from bending the will of Algiers to block the road to Africa to Tel Aviv that it is the cost. In fact, as time goes by, the African offensive of the Algerians against the entity is gaining momentum, from the cancellation of debts of the Sahel neighbors to economic incentives to boost trade between Algeria and Africa.
It is true that the “African” errors of the Bouteflika era, committed in large part at the urging of Paris and which are illustrated especially through the Algiers Agreement whose objective has never been other than the dismemberment of Mali, requires more effort from Algeria to be erased. But the strong man of Algerian diplomacy knows well how to do it and as commercial cooperation against the backdrop of military and security links expands between Algiers and the Sahel, the Israel-Rabat axis is worried and impatient. That said, the colossal faux pas of the Moroccan Brotherhood to support normalization with the entity was sanctioned by the people of Morocco who removed them from the political scene, if the vote can have any meaning in a monarchy where everything is subject to the whims of the king. This being the case, with the neoliberal PM in charge, this Tel-Avv RAbat alliance that Lapid boasted about is likely to be strengthened and thus the friction with the anti-Sionite Maghreb camp will gain momentum. In North Africa, the tiny Israeli entity, totally disarmed by the axis of the Resistance and confronted with the full power of Algeria, is looking for a plan B. And how is this plan B?
A sordid affair of murder of Moroccan “truck drivers” in Mali that they try to blame on Algiers and the Polissario Front. It is a curious attempt to link the Western Sahara to Mali, which should come as no surprise since the skies over Mali are controlled by Zionist companies and the Barkane and Takuba forces have Israeli officers in their ranks. What exactly happened? “Two Moroccan truck drivers were killed and another was wounded on Saturday, September 7 in Mali by gunmen, a fourth survived the attack. The information was confirmed by the Moroccan embassy in Bamako. The tragedy took place in the town of Didiéni, 300 km from Bamako, said AFP, which added: “The Moroccan drivers were attacked by an armed group as they were heading towards the Malian capital. The remains of the two victims are currently being transported to Bamako. According to the president of the National Transport Federation (FNT), Abdelilah Hifdi, the terrorist attack, which comes less than a year after the events in Guerguerat, is directly linked to Algiers’ recent decision to unilaterally sever diplomatic relations with Morocco.”
Such a grotesque accusation, one suspects, already proves the success of Algiers’ recent policy of moving closer to the Sahel in a direction consistent with the desires of its nation-states.
What about the second part? This information that makes an Israeli attempt to return to Libya, after the Libyan war of 2020 which led to the establishment of NATO bases a few kilometers from the Algerian-Tunisian borders. DEBKAfile, close to the Israeli army intelligence writes: “the Libyan presidential candidate offers Israel the recognition of its support. A senior Israeli security official made a secret visit to Tripoli in the last week of August as a guest of Col. Saddam Haftar, son of Libyan national army chief Major General Khalif Haftar, U.S. intelligence sources report.”
He added: “Saddam Haftar is campaigning for the presidency of Libya in the December 2021 elections against Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Muammar Gaddafi, who was deposed in a NATO-led, U.S.-backed military operation a decade ago. When the Israeli envoy met with Haftar’s son, the rival Qaddafi junior was being hosted in Moscow by President Vladimir Putin. He was seeking Russian support for his presidential bid, although Russian mercenaries from the Wagner group supported the opposition’s battle for control of Tripoli. Israel was urged by Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Ssisi and UAE leader Sheikh Muhammed al Zayed to join their coalition to support General Haftar’s fight to capture Tripoli and his son’s presidential bid. Cairo provided him with weapons and air operations, while the UAE provided special forces units and a small fighter squadron.”
Obviously, the last part of this assertion cannot be believed, as Israel does not need the encouragement of Abu Dhabi or Cairo, its goal being above all to push forward its establishment in Africa and to offer itself a foothold this time on the eastern borders of Algeria. Because by the way, Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, as President Tebboun said, will have been the red line of Algiers and it could even have led to an Algerian military intervention. Well, now that the suspension of the Morocco-Algeria gas agreement has largely put water in Rabat’s anti-Algerian wine, reducing the chances of a conflict that Tel Aviv is calling for, why not try a warlike remake on the Algerian eastern flank?
DEBKA adds: “Israel’s membership in the pro-Haftar coalition was discussed in the first interview. In the second, the general tried to assess the chances of withdrawing U.S. support for the transitional government of Abdelhamid Dabaiba in Tripoli. U.S. airstrikes in recent months were aimed at delaying the Haftar army’s long battle to break through to take Tripoli. Colonel Saddam Hafter, according to his confidants, made an offer to his Israeli visitor; if he succeeded in becoming president, Libya would establish normal relations with Israel, in exchange for the provision of weapons systems and intelligence. Nothing has been agreed to at this stage. If this agreement is reached, Israel will have greatly expanded the ring of normal regional relations, dramatically opened last year with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, in addition to its historic peace pacts with Egypt and Jordan.”
The perspective is obvious: after the Tunisian president’s power grab against Israel and the consolidation of the anti-Zionist axis in North Africa, the Israeli entity is looking for Libya, a way to avoid the wreckage of the normalization project, which is not but a shadow of its former self since the ballistic storm of May… But it is going too fast to believe that such a project is viable.