Middle East analysis
The PA and Algeria are concerned about the Israel rapprochement with Morocco

- The signing of the security agreement between Israel and Morocco is an important "step up" in the normalization between the two countries and the strengthening of Israel's regional status 

- Algeria is concerned about the agreement while the Palestinians are angry and call on Morocco to withdraw from signing the agreement

The process of normalization between Israel and the Arab states that reached its peak during the Trump administration is not a scam, despite some pessimistic assessments in the United States and Israel, and it continues to flourish. U.S. officials say the Biden administration also recognizes and encourages the importance of this process.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz's successful visit to Morocco last week is a "step up" in relations between the two countries. For the first time, an Israeli minister signed a defense cooperation agreement with an Arab country, this is a further upgrade of relations between the two countries after the normalization agreement signed about a year ago.

No details were officially given about the agreement signed, but political sources in Jerusalem say that it deals with several areas: joint military exercises, the war on terror, the exchange of intelligence information, the purchase of weapons systems and more.

Morocco marched towards this "escalation" in relations with Israel and warmed relations with it without hesitation, despite the opposition of the Palestinians, it put its interests first.

Morocco has serious problems with Algeria that severed ties with it. Tensions between it and Algeria have increased after the Trump administration recognized Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara in 2020.

This tension has pushed Morocco to purchase anti-UAV anti-aircraft systems from Israel that are becoming the most dangerous weapon in the Middle East and several other places in the world.

Israel has no diplomatic relations with Algeria. The two countries have hostile relations, compared to Israel's warm relations with Morocco for decades, thanks to the Israeli Mossad's secret security ties with the Moroccan monarchy and Moroccan Jewry in Israel.

Even when Morocco officially suspended relations with Israel in 2000, in the wake of the second intifada, secret relations between the two countries continued unabated behind the scenes.

The security agreement that Morocco signed with Israel will strengthen Moroccan self-confidence and sends a message to Algeria that Morocco has a security alliance with a strong regional power that is the State of Israel.

It is because of this that the Moroccans did not hesitate to publicize Defense Minister Benny Gantz's visit and honor him.

In Algeria, there is great concern about the security agreement signed between Israel and Morocco and the "approach of the Israeli Mossad to the Algerian border," the French newspaper Le Monde reported last week.

The chairman of the Algerian National Assembly, Salah Jogil, said his country was "the target of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz's visit to Morocco," he added: "Enemies are increasingly mobilizing to block Algeria's path."

The PA currently maintains its silence, beyond the announcements made by the PLO Executive Committee and the Fatah movement, there are no further official statements against Morocco.

But there are also voices in the Palestinian camp who believe that Morocco should be suspended from the Arab League following the signing of the security agreement between it and Israel.

# Algeria # Palestinian Authority # Peace With Morocco
Selina 20:21 30.11.2021
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