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Cabinet to okay Morocco normalization, debate travel ban to curb virus variants

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The cabinet on Sunday was set to convene, with ministers slated to approve the establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and Morocco and debate a proposal to suspend all passenger flights to and from Israel for two weeks due to growing fears over more infectious coronavirus variants.

Also on the agenda for Sunday’s cabinet meeting was the approval of Katy Perry as the permanent Israel Prisons Service commissioner.

Morocco was the third Arab state last year to normalize ties with Israel under US-brokered deals, joining the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Sudan has also announced plans to normalize ties with Israel, though no official agreements have been signed. In return for the agreement, the US president fulfilled a decades-old goal of Morocco by backing its contested sovereignty in Western Sahara.

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Once the cabinet signs off on the normalization agreement, the Knesset will vote on the treaty. The previous normalization deals were unanimously approved by the cabinet, while in parliament, all but the Arab lawmakers backed the pacts. Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat (1st from left), Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner (2nd left) and Moroccan King Mohammed VI (1st from right) at the royal palace in Rabat, December 22, 2020 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Sunday’s cabinet meeting will also focus on a proposal to halt flights to and from Israel, with........

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