Wasn’t this conflict towards which Morocco and Algeria are pushed a bit premeditated? If it is true that Algiers has swallowed many snacks before acting, waiting for the evidence of Rabat’s guilt to accumulate, that it also passes at the instigation of the US-Tel-Aviv axis the Rubicon by attacking first Kabylia, then Algerian national security, it is also true that this mega-stroke which consists in definitively suspending the Algeria-Morocco-Europe gas pipeline would have to be looked at from the outside.
Israel, whose normalization with the Goliaths is under threat from the missiles of the Resistance, which are ready to fall on Tamar or Leviathan, on Ashkeon or Ashdod, whenever they want. Is Morocco not the ideal client that the entity is looking for on the ruins of its dreams of becoming a Mediterranean gas exporter? Rai al-Youm devotes an article to this.
“In the diplomatic conflict between Morocco and Algeria, the latter has decided to use the gas weapon. On August 26, following a meeting with Ambassador Fernando Moran on the delivery of Algerian gas to Spain, the Minister of Energy Mohamed Arkab said that Algeria intends to use only the Medgaz pipeline, linking directly the facilities of Beni Saf (110 km west of Oran) to those of Almeria (southwestern tip of Andalusia).
If we believe the Minister of Energy, the government of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune intends to end the Algerian participation in the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline, also from Algeria, but which passes through the kingdom before joining Cordoba. Until now, the Moroccans received from the Algerians a “right of passage” on this pipeline, paid in delivery of natural gas according to a trinational agreement dating from 1991, and whose renewal must occur before the end of October 2021.
“Algeria exported 9 billion cubic feet to Spain in 2020, and up to 17 billion cubic feet annually before. We estimate that 60% of these volumes have been exported through Medgaz, and 40% via Maghreb-Europe so through Morocco, “says analyst Pravi Joshi, head of North Africa at the specialist Rystad Energy.
Also according to the expert from Rystad Energy, Morocco would produce around 12% of its electricity from Algerian gas. A lower proportion than in 2017, when it was around 17%, but still significant enough to put Moroccan electricity production at risk.
All these developments come at a time when Israel is still looking for new markets for the gas extracted from its fields off the Mediterranean, far from its markets in Jordan and Egypt. It is not excluded that Tel Aviv will propose to Rabat to sign an agreement to supply the latter with natural gas to meet the needs of its markets, replacing Algerian gas.
On December 10, 2020, Israel and Morocco announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which had been suspended in 2000. Energy relations between the two sides could extend to the restarting of the Moroccan-Spanish gas pipeline, to also supply Madrid and neighboring markets, with Israeli gas. Tel Aviv will not wait long for the construction of the pipeline from its lands or Egypt to the European continent via Cyprus, Greece and Italy, and could find temporary markets exploiting the growing relationship with Rabat.
It is undoubtedly in this sense that the Algerian MFA was keen to denounce Israel, its plans, its aggression and especially its dirty tricks against Algeria, Palestine and Syria.
In this regard, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed its firm position on support for Palestine and its opposition to foreign intervention in Syria and Libya.
The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Algerian MFA, Ramtane Lamamra had gone to Cairo to attend a regular meeting of the Arab League at the level of foreign ministers.
The statement said that Algeria stressed at the meeting that it relies on joint Arab action based on new principles and dimensions that meet current needs.
According to the newspaper Raialyoum, the communiqué said that the issues and political developments in Palestine, Syria, Libya and Yemen, as well as the fight against terrorism and liberation of the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction, are on the agenda of the meeting. Algeria participates in the meeting to reiterate its firm position on Arab issues, including its support for the Palestinian people and its rejection of any foreign intervention in the region.