Morocco-Israel: Time for business

After the normalization of their relations, Morocco and Israel are now doing business. For several months now, the two countries have been working intensively to reduce the economic distance between them, by multiplying cooperation agreements.  And this affects practically all areas: air transport, innovation and development of water resources, finance, investment…

It is following this logic of strengthening the bilateral partnership that two agreements were signed recently. Royal Air Maroc has signed a cooperation protocol with the Israeli company El Al, while OCP Group and Israel Chemicals (ICL Group) have signed a memorandum of understanding for the promotion of applied research and academic excellence. This will be done through the financing of programs focused on sustainability, conducted jointly by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), and aimed at students, faculty and staff of the two universities.

The momentum that we have seen today should continue, especially since the business communities here and there are firmly committed to developing synergies and promoting economic and trade relations between the two countries, as part of a win-win approach. 

Beyond this economic reading, this new page that is being written in relations between Morocco and Israel obviously has a very pronounced political colouring. For, as was recalled when the Sovereign received, in December 2020, a high-level American-Israeli delegation, “the presidential proclamation (editor’s note, of former President Donald Trump) recognizing the Moroccanity of the Sahara, as well as the measures announced for the resumption of cooperation mechanisms with Israel, constitute major developments for the reinforcement of peace and regional stability.”

But it takes a certain clarity of mind and a little political intelligence to understand this statement. This is something that the powers that be in our neighbouring countries clearly lack. It has become irascible, unpredictable, threatening, but above all paranoid, to the point that it points the finger at Morocco for everything that goes wrong in this country. Even when a stadium’s pitch goes haywire, it’s because of Morocco. If ridicule killed!

It is true that the caciques of Algerian power (because it is they who we are talking about) have always nourished and cultivated an immeasurable hatred towards the Kingdom, but we must agree that this resentment has been exacerbated since Morocco and Israel have normalised their relations. In good intelligence. This intelligence that is so lacking in the Algerian power!  

No wonder, then, that it cannot pull in its teeth to project itself into a peaceful relationship with Morocco, as good neighbours. For the interest of both peoples. To ensure the political stability of the region.

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