Trump Does It Again – Israel, Morocco Normalize Diplomatic Relations, Hopes to Cap Efforts with Saudi Arabia Deal

Trump has done it again. Yet another deal was announced to normalize relations between Israel and another Arab country—this time, Morocco. This is the fourth deal brokered by the Trump administration, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan agreed to normalization. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Reported by Fox News. Read more… Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Morocco’s foreign minister, Nassar Bourita, discounted the ‘deal,’ however, claiming that bilateral ties with the Jewish State were “already normal.” Bourita said in an interview, “Israel’s relations with Morocco are special and can’t be compared to the relations that Israel has with any other Arab country.” He continued, saying, “From our perspective, we aren’t talking about normalization because relations were already normal. We’re talking about [re-formalizing] the relations between the countries to the relations we had, because there have been relations the entire time. They never stopped.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Morocco’s prime minister, Saad-Eddine El Othmani, said that normalization of ties with Israel would not affect Morocco’s support for the Palestinians. He was also critical of Trump’s peace plan for the region, saying, “We also adopt this principle [in the government], with our constant emphasis on rejecting the Deal of the Century, and all violations of the Israeli occupation authorities, especially the recent attempts to Judaize Jerusalem,” adding, “The Moroccan position, in general, remains constantly supportive of the Palestinian cause.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Moroccan Islamist groups rejected the deal, calling it “deplorable.” The co-ruling conservative Islamic Justice and Development Party (PJD) issued a statement rejecting, “all attempts at normalization and the Zionist infiltration.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Oman welcomed the deal between Israel and Morocco, saying it hoped the move would strengthen efforts toward a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” Although Oman has remained neutral in the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians, it could be another candidate for normalization of relations with Israel. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Despite its peace deal with Israel, however, Bahrain says it won’t allow imports of Israeli products from Israeli settlements. Reported by Reuters. Read more… Peace may also be in the air between the Gulf states themselves. Saudi Arabia says resolution of a dispute between the Gulf states and Qatar appeared to be “within reach.” Reported by Reuters. Read more…

The Trump administration still hopes to crown its series of peace deals with the largest jewel of all—Saudi Arabia. Presidential advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was in the Gulf state in early December for further negotiations with the Saudi government. One Washington source familiar with the negotiations said, “It is a serious effort that has long been in the cards.” The Gulf states embargoed Qatar over the latter’s alleged support for terrorism. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Saudi Arabia is believed to have played a role in securing the deal between Israel and Morocco. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…