Israel and Morocco sign agreements after the first direct flight to Rabat, in which an Israeli-American delegation was traveling.
The delegation composed of Israeli and American authorities and headed by Jared Kusher, son-in-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, left on Tuesday on the first direct flight between Israel and Morocco, and the visit culminated in the signing of several bilateral cooperation agreements.
Recall that Morocco, in exchange for officially normalizing its relations with Israel, got Trump to recognize its “sovereignty” in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony in dispute for decades with the independence fighters of the Algerian-backed Polisario Front.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Tuesday’s flight as “historic,” arguing that it “is an additional milestone for peace, true peace, with mutual respect, that comes from strength.
For the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, it is a “historical milestone” that opens, according to Kushner, a “new era of cooperation” and represents a “major step for peace,” in Netanyahu’s words.
The tripartite declaration signed in Rabat on Tuesday recapitulates the different commitments adopted: Israel and the US propose to open a consulate in Dakhla (formerly Villa Cisneros in Western Sahara) and Morocco and Israel will develop economic and diplomatic cooperation, etc.
by Basit Abbasi /NL