Barely a few hours after the widely followed intervention of the Algerian government spokesman and Minister of Communication Ammar Belhimer, on the Al Mayadeen channel of the Resistance where he denounced the normalization of Morocco with Israel and warned against any settlement of the Zionist entity on the borders with Algeria, a very significant military helicopter crash occurs.
According to the Algerian media, during a technical training flight mission, this morning Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:25 am, a military search and rescue helicopter type MS-25 Merlin, under the Naval Forces Command, crashed off the sea two (2) nautical miles northwest of the coast of the town of Bouharoune, wilaya of Tipaza/1st Military Region, where we deplore the death as a martyr of Lieutenant Bouzayda Nouredine, one of the crew members of the aircraft composed of three officers. The incident may have no connection with the normalization of Raba-Israel and this shameful US casus belli to Algiers, which is the recognition of Rabat’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, does not prevent this crash from also being a warning. The Israeli presence in the Western Mediterranean is a calamity and as the spokesman for the Algerian government stated, “Algiers remains firm on its anti-Zionist positions and is ready for any scenario”.
He confirmed that the Algerian president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, was aware of the current situation, and that Algeria was not surprised by Morocco’s move to normalize relations with Israel, because, in his own words, relations between Rabat and the Israeli regime go back more than 60 years.
“We have followed the situation closely and we take seriously the issues that concern our country, and the president’s position reflects that of all the Algerian people, and as he said earlier, Algeria will not rush towards normalization,” he said, stressing that Algeria was ready for any scenario.
“If Morocco wants to achieve political objectives through this normalization, or change our position on just issues, he said he is deluding himself,” he concluded. But the first signs of concern began to appear on Wednesday in Rabat, when Mohamed VI ordered the banning of all anti-Israeli and anti-normalization demonstrations for fear of seeing millions of Moroccans, already angry, take to the streets and denounce this extreme affront that is the contempt shown by the United States and the throne against them, since the decision was announced via a tweet from Trump as if Morocco is a U.S. protectorate. The Cherifian king has just sent a message of appeasement to Algiers that his betrayal had no anti-Algerian offensive character. More than one analyst sees in it less a call for appeasement than a deaf fear of the throne of one thing: the bogging down of a war of attrition in the Sahara where the Polisario Front already seems to have the upper hand, a state that could worsen if the Algerian army were to be further engaged.
For “all the scenarios that Algiers is ready for” also consist in the US/Israel axis at the origin of the escalation in the Sahara being punished as appropriate. But there is another fear that Rabat has against an angry Algeria: Algerian support for the Moroccan anti-Zionist movement which is still in its infancy, but given its magnitude, it could erupt at any time. Already the press to order in Morocco avoids using the word “normalization” preferring to replace it with the word “peace”. But this kind of verbal acrobatics cannot erase the affront that the proud pro-Palestinian Moroccans feel deep down inside.
For the record, the Algerian army, which has just lost a helicopter, does not let itself be fooled, having announced this Tuesday that it has received a new warship called Al-Sweh-2 whose mission will be to secure the shipping lanes of the Algerian military fleet in times of war. This news was first reported by the Algerian newspaper An-Nahar. The demining ship is anchored at the northern wharf of the Admiralty.
This decision is part of the implementation of the modernization program of the Algerian naval fleet. Algeria is indeed seeking to strengthen the fighting force of the National People’s Army and Navy. The official page of the Algerian radio said on Twitter that the ship Al-Kashir 2 is the second ship trapping sea mines that Algeria has received, indicating that it belongs to the new generation. The ship is intended to secure the navigation of ships and protect commercial vessels against the dangers of mines in times of war. The Algerian army ranks 28th among the 138 most powerful armies in the world, and its naval fleet is one of the largest in the world. It ranks 14th in the world. It is composed of 201 various warships, according to the statistics of the American site Global Fire Power for the year 2020. In short, Algeria is ready to prove what a sovereign people and state is made of. (HN)
by Basit Abbasi