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Moroccan association warns of allowing Netanyahu to visit Rabat

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and King Mohammed VI of Morocco [File photo]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and King Mohammed VI of Morocco [File photo]

A Moroccan anti-normalisation association has warned authorities in its country from welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about reports by Hebrew media in this regard, while Rabat has made no confirmation or denial regarding this news.

A local media reported from Hebrew newspapers news about a forthcoming visit by Netanyahu to Rabat in March or April to present a US proposal aimed at resolving the Western Sahara conflict.

Other newspapers reported that the visit would be aimed at the inauguration of “Salat Atiya” synagogue in the city of Essaouira (west) after its reconstruction.

The Moroccan Observatory against Normalization with Israel, non-governmental association, commented on this in a statement saying that “Israel” has always been seeking to split the region. So, how will it support the Moroccan side in the Western Sahara conflict while it still uses this issue to blackmail Morocco through the Zionist lobby in America?

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The statement pointed out that “the Western Sahara conflict is like a cash cow for the Zionist entity. It cannot compromise it, as promoted by its media to justify the impending visit of Netanyahu (if made)… The Zionists will rather seek to perpetuate and inflame the Maghreb tension.”

The statement considered that “Israel” is seeking to make other traps to split all the Maghreb entities through ethnic sectarianism.

The statement continued: “It is treacherous to turn Palestine and Jerusalem into goods for sale in return for the purchase of Zionist-American satisfaction, which it will only get from sinking in the filth of working for them.”

Similarly, Moroccan activists demanded that Netanyahu not be allowed to visit their country.

They considered via posts on social media platforms that, if made, the visit would constitute “a historic mistake”.

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The Moroccan government has confirmed in previous statements that Rabat does not have any official political or commercial relations with “Israel”.

Except for Jordan and Egypt, which have signed peace agreements with the occupying state, no Arab country has established formal political, economic, or cultural relations with the occupying state.

The Western Sahara conflict started in 1975 after the end of the Spanish occupation in the region. The battle between Morocco and the Polisario turned into an armed conflict that continued until 1991 and ended with the signing of a ceasefire agreement.

Rabat has been holding on to its right in Western Sahara and proposing extensive autonomy under its sovereignty as a solution. In contrast, the Polisario has been calling for a referendum to determine the fate of the region. Algeria supports this proposal, as it hosts displaced people fleeing the area after its restoration by Morocco, following the end of the Spanish occupation.

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