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Israel's 'security and military' interests are advancing in its normalisation with Morocco

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Morocco has become the first Arab country to sign an open military agreement with Israel. No other Arab country has yet agreed to take such an overt step; Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries have very secretive military relations with the occupation state.

Israeli-Moroccan cooperation began in the 1960s based on what was known at the time as the "common threats" faced by both parties, at the forefront of which was Egypt led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. Israel helped Morocco in many ways against what they considered to be another common enemy, Algeria. In addition, the secret migration of Jews from Morocco to Israel was organised, which helped to bring the two countries closer and strengthen security relations.

The Mossad spy agency has led in cooperation with Morocco because it is responsible for relations with countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations. From the 1970s onwards, King Hassan II, the father of the current Moroccan monarch, worked as a secret mediator between Israel, Egypt, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Israel also helped Morocco fight the Polisario Front in Western Sahara. The previous US administration sought to promote recognition of the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco but was unsuccessful. Unlike other Arab countries, keeping relations secret for a long time was not only the result of common interests, but also because of Moroccan Jews living in Israel.

The beginnings........

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