The main Islamist groups in Morocco rejected the government’s plan to normalize relations with them IsraelAfter a deal brokered by the United States.
The Unity and Reform Movement, the religious branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party, said in a statement on Saturday that the move was “regrettable” and condemned “all attempts at normalization and Zionist infiltration.”
The Islamist Justice and Development Party was more accurate, as it supported the actions of King Mohammed VI in support of the Palestinian cause with an emphasis on “the party’s firm stance against the Zionist occupation.”
Unlike its coalition partners who supported the deal, the AKP took two days to respond after differences arose between the party’s top leadership, according to a source close to the matter.
Morocco, West, sunset This week it became the fourth Arab country to announce since August A deal brokered by the United States to normalize relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
One of the key elements in the deal brokered by Donald Trump was the United States’ recognition of Morocco’s claim to sovereignty over Western Sahara. A regional conflict arose decades ago Morocco, West, sunset Against the Polisario Front backed by Algeria, which seeks to establish an independent state.
The United States issued an important declaration that emphasized Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern states and opened up new horizons to enhance Morocco’s position in international circles. The Islamic Party said in a statement that this further isolates opponents of our territorial integrity.
King Mohammed VI has the final say in major diplomatic decisions.
On Friday, banned Moroccan Justice and Charity, one of the largest opposition groups in the country, said that normalization constituted “a stab in the back for the Palestinian cause.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the liaison offices in Tel Aviv and Rabat, which Morocco closed in 2000 at the beginning of the second Palestinian intifada, would reopen, and full diplomatic relations would be established “as soon as possible.”
Jewish history and culture in Morocco will soon become part of the school curriculum – the “first” in the region and in the North African country, where Islam is the state religion.
Serge Berdugo, Secretary-General of the Council of Jewish Communities in Morocco, said the decision “has the effect of a tsunami.”
He said from Casablanca that it was “the first of its kind in the Arab world.”
The decision to add Jewish history and culture to lessons was released in secret before the diplomatic deal was announced.
The Jewish community in Morocco has been present since ancient times and has grown over the centuries, especially with the arrival of the Jews who were expelled from Spain by the Catholic Kings after 1492.
At the end of the forties of the last century, the number of Moroccan Jews was approximately 250,000 – about 10 percent of the population.
Many left after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and the community now numbers around 3,000, and it remains the largest in the north Africa.