Morocco, Israel sign first-ever defence agreement in Rabat

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A memorandum of understanding following the Abrahamic Agreement has formalized security cooperation between Morocco and Israel.

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Israel and Morocco have signed a historic agreement that lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing and future arms sales.


A memorandum of understanding between Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdeltif Loudii was signed in Rabat on Wednesday, marking the first official visit of an Israeli defense minister to one of the Arab states that normalized relations last year. was as part of.

Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel in 2020 as part of the Abrahamic Agreement, brokered by the Trump administration.

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In a statement, Gantz said the agreement was “very important and will allow us to exchange ideas, enter into joint projects and enable Israeli military exports here.”

Gantz also met with the Moroccan military chief and was greeted by a colorful guard of soldiers in a red tunic, blue slacks and gleaming gold epaulettes.

Israel and Morocco enjoyed low-level diplomatic relations in the 1990s, but they were separated by Morocco after a Palestinian uprising in 2000. Despite this, the two states have maintained informal relations.

About half a million Israelis claimed Moroccan heritage after the state’s founding in 1948, with more than 200,000 immigrating to Israel.

Morocco is still home to a small Jewish community, and a remaining synagogue near Rabat is where Gantz will visit at the end of his two-day visit.

In exchange for Morocco’s normalization of relations with Israel in December 2020, the Trump administration promised to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed North African region.

The declaration upset decades of US policy and the international consensus that the status of Western Sahara should be decided by a United Nations referendum.

The Abrahamic Agreement broke a long-standing consensus among Arab states that normalization with Israel occurs only as part of a resolution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians see the agreements as a betrayal that diminished their gains with Israel.


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