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Morocco – Israel: A year on, has Palestine gone from national cause to a lost one?

By Nina Kozlowski
Posted on Friday, 31 December 2021 09:40

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A Moroccan women shouts as she holds a Palestinian flag during a protest with others in the streets of Rabat, Morocco, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after a recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

A year after the normalisation of relations between Rabat and Tel Aviv, can the Kingdom really play a role as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  Here are some answers… 

The celebration of the first year of renewed diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel on 22 December was sober. Under the benevolent eye of the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, a simple video conference was held between the Moroccan minister of foreign affairs, Nasser Bourita, and his Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid.

The Israeli minister of economy, Orna Barbivai, is expected in Rabat at the beginning of 2022, and Bourita may make a visit to Israel “very soon”. As for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Kingdom reiterated its support for a two-state solution.

Palestine was a national cause, today Moroccans want to go on holiday to Tel Aviv. It is a different time, a different generation.