Bourita: We Shouldn’t Be More Palestinian than the Palestinians themselves

The news circulating in Morocco about the proposal made by the Hebrew state to the United States to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over its southern provinces, in exchange for Morocco’s normalization of its relations with the state of Israel, has caused controversy in the press and social media, especially since there has been no official denial by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter.

The Israeli press had reported late last year on talks between the U.S and Moroccan foreign ministers over the agreement, as well as on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s desire to accompany U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Morocco to meet with His Majesty King Mohammed VI, before HM canceled his meeting with the Secretary of State as a sign of his refusal to address any normalization process.

And while Israeli media, including Canal 13, announced the US rejection of the Israeli proposal, initiated by Netanyahu when John Bolton was National Security Adviser in the US administration, the US website “Axios” revealed that negotiations on the proposal are still ongoing with US President Donald Trump.

This has prompted the Moroccan media to question the merits of these negotiations and what is going on behind the scenes, especially since Morocco has expressed a moderate position regarding what the media commonly calls the “deal of the century”. Morocco appreciated the American initiative, but at the same time stressed the crucial need for the Palestinians to have a state.

For his part, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita previously commented on a question about Morocco’s position on the “deal of the century”, which was put to him in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Councilors, saying that Morocco’s position should be rational and far from unnecessary bids, adding: “We should not be more Palestinian than the Palestinians”.

This statement was considered by some parliamentarians, particularly those from the ruling PJD (Justice and Development Party), as “dangerous” and “in need of clarification” in order to clarify whether it was a statement reflecting the Minister’s personal position or that of the State.

These same questions will be reiterated in the House of Councilors, where the Democratic Confederation of Labour team put an oral question to Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita about what it called “Israeli infiltration in Morocco”. But according to the official website of the House of Councilors, Mr. Bourita did not attend, last Tuesday, the session during which this oral question was going to be asked.

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