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Why has Morocco decided to normalize relations with Israel?

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First, let’s take a look at geography:

They’re pretty far away, aren’t they? As in, there are thousands of miles of distance between the two countries. At this point, the Moroccan king probably felt there was no real reason for there to be bad blood between the two nations, since neither one really has that strong of an effect on the other, aside from sentiment regarding the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Second, the monarchy clearly felt the interests of Morocco were better served with official peace between itself and Israel. With hostilities renewing in Western Sahara between the Moroccan government and the Polisario Front, it clearly has more pressing matters to attend to. No longer kicking the can on Israel means it has one less iron in the fire, can enjoy stronger economic ties and trade with Israel, has increased access to Israeli tech and innovation, and would please its centuries-old ally in Washington, DC. Trump, in fact, was so pleased that he recognized Moroccan control over disputed Western Sahara!

Besides, for many years prior to this announcement, Israel and Morocco had formed friendly, poorly-kept-secret ties, and a not-so-small number of Israeli Jewish citizens are themselves of Moroccan ancestry. And Sudan, the UAE, and Bahrain had gone first with Israeli peace deals, helping to take a lot of the pressure off of Morocco. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that this was bound to happen sooner or later, the Western Sahara issue and the Trump administration just fast-tracked the process along.

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