The Price of Betraying Palestine: Moroccans Challenge Normalization with Israel

December 30, 2022

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Morocco’s cities to demonstrate against normalization with Israel. (Photo: Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine FB Page)

By Ramzy Baroud

Two years ago, Morocco and Israel signed the US-brokered “Joint Declaration”, thus officially recognizing Israel and instating diplomatic ties. Though other Arab countries had already done the same, the Moroccan official recognition of Apartheid Israel was particularly devastating for Palestinians.

Years ago, a close Moroccan friend told me that the ‘first time’ he was arrested was during a solidarity protest for Palestine in Rabat which took place many years ago.

The reference to the ‘first time’ indicated that he was arrested again, though mostly for other political activities, suggesting that Palestine, in many ways, has become a local struggle for many Moroccans.

Whenever Moroccans protest for Palestine, they would do so in large numbers, sometimes in their millions. Such solidarity has historically served as the foundation of regional and global solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.

Though ordinary Arabs have always considered Palestine a core struggle, the relationship between North Africans and Palestine is, in many ways, unique and rooted.

Despite a strong push for normalization between Arab countries and Israel, countries like Algeria and Tunisia made it clear that no diplomatic ties between their respective capitals and Israel would be declared anytime soon.

Credit for this goes mostly to the Algerian and Tunisian peoples who have made their rejection of Israeli racism, and support for Palestinian freedom akin to local or national struggles. Palestinian flags have always accompanied flags of these countries during any large gathering, be it a political protest or a sports event.

Morocco is no exception. Solidarity with Palestine in this country goes back generations, and hundreds of activists have paid a price for confronting their government on its failure to stand up to Israel or to challenge Washington for its support for Tel Aviv.

The normalization agreement between Rabat and Tel Aviv in 2020 was falsely assumed to be an end to popular solidarity with Palestine. In fact, such acts of normalization, rightly considered a betrayal by Palestinians, were also meant to be the final delinking of Palestine from its Arab and regional environs.

However, this was not the case. Normalization with Apartheid Israel is still strongly rejected by the vast majority of Arabs, as opinion polls indicate. Moreover, the pouring of love for Palestine during the Qatar World Cup demonstrated, beyond doubt, that Israel cannot possibly be accepted by Arabs while still an occupying power and a racist apartheid regime.

The little political gains achieved by the Moroccan government in exchange for sacrificing the rights of Palestinians shall prove irrelevant in coming years. In fact, signs of this are already on display.

The Moroccan government, led by the Development and Justice Party of Saadeddine Othmani, which had taken part in the normalization efforts, was rejected en masse in the September 2021 elections. Only nine months earlier, Othmani was signing the “Joint Declaration” with Israel’s National Security Advisor, Meir Ben-Shabbat.

The US recognition of Rabat’s claim over Western Sahara as the political barter between Rabat and Washington, which led to the normalization with Tel Aviv, shall eventually prove meaningless.

The US and Western superiority is increasingly being challenged throughout the African continent, especially in West and Central African regions. Powerful new players, like Russia and China, are gaining geopolitical ground, in some regions entirely replacing the West’s dominance. Thus, the US support for any country’s territorial ambitions is no longer a guarantor of political gains, especially as the African geopolitical spaces have become greatly contested.

When Morocco normalized with Israel, many Moroccans were taken by surprise. The assumption was that Morocco, like other Arab nations, was too consumed by their own problems to notice their government’s foreign policy shifts, whether regarding Palestine or anywhere else.

Whether that was the case or not, it matters little now. On the second anniversary of the “Joint Declaration” agreement, tens of thousands of Moroccans demonstrated against normalization in 30 different cities, including Rabat, Agadir, Tangier and Meknes. The protests were mobilized by the Moroccan Front for Supporting Palestine and Against Normalization.

The Front is reportedly a network that includes ‘over a dozen political and human rights organizations,’ the New Arab reported. Their chants included “The people want to bring down normalization”, a slogan that is reminiscent of the pan-Arab popular slogan of a decade ago, ‘The people want to change the regime’. The latter resonated throughout many Arab capitals during the years of political upheaval in 2011 and upward.

This popular movement and its chants indicate that Palestine remains a local and national struggle in Morocco, as well as other Arab countries.

But why Morocco, and why now?

The popular association of the Moroccan and Palestinian flags throughout the World Cup had an invigorating effect on the collective psyche of Moroccans, who were empowered by their national team’s impressive showing against legendary teams such as Belgium, Spain and Portugal. It was a matter of time before this confidence translated to actual solidarity on the streets of Rabat and other major Moroccan cities.

The fact that Moroccans are mobilizing in large numbers against their country’s normalization with Israel only two years after the agreement is a sign of things to come.

2022 was a particularly bloody year in Palestine, according to UN Mideast Envoy, Tor Wennesland, who said that it was “on course to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since … 2005.”

Moroccans, like other Arab nations, are following the news with alarm, especially following the swearing-in of Israel’s new extremist government of Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right fascist ilk – the likes of Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.

These two individuals’ constant targeting of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in particular, has a great emotional impact on Moroccans, especially since Morocco serves as the Chair of the Al-Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is tasked with the protection of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israel wants to normalize with the Arabs and tap into their massive markets and economic largesse without having, in return, to relinquish its military Occupation or grant Palestinians basic freedoms. Politically engaged Arab masses understand this well, and are growingly mobilizing against their governments’ betrayal of Palestine.

The self-serving and limited gains of normalization are likely to turn into a political liability in coming years. It is time for Morocco and others to reconsider their ties with Israel, as they risk political isolation and social instability, a far greater price to pay than the empty promises of Washington and Tel Aviv.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist and the Editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of six books. His latest book, co-edited with Ilan Pappé, is “Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak out”. Dr. Baroud is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA). His website is


Raisi: Normalization of Relations Will Not Bring Security to Zionist Regime

June 28, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi says normalization of relations with a number of regional Arab countries will not bring security to the Zionist regime of the “Israeli” entity.

Raisi made the remarks in a joint presser with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in Tehran on Sunday.

“During this meeting, we discussed trade and political and economic relations [between the two countries], and decided to boost economic ties. We discussed the rail connection between Shalamcheh [in Iran] and [Iraq’s] Basra [port], which can play a great role in facilitating trade between the two countries. We also discussed facilitation of monetary and banking relations between Iran and Iraq,” he said.

Reflecting on the efforts made by the Zionist regime’s official during past years to normalize relations with some Arab states in the region, Iran’s chief executive said, “The efforts made by the Zionist regime to normalize relations with regional countries will by no means bring security to this regime.

“We and Iraq believe that peace and tranquility in the region depends on all regional officials doing their parts, and normalization [of relations] with the [Zionist] regime and the presence of foreigners in the region will solve none of the regional people’s problems,” Raisi said.

Highlighting the importance of relations between Iran and Iraq and the role played by the two countries in regional developments, Raisi said, “We stood by people of Iraq when the country was going through dire straits and will continue to stick together. This friendship and relations will never go cold and will further develop on a daily basis. There is no doubt that the visit by Mr. Kadhimi and his accompanying delegation can be a turning point in development of relations between the two countries.

He said that during his meeting with Kadhimi they discussed the existing relations among regional countries, adding, “We believe that dialog among regional countries can solve regional problems, [but] the presence of foreigners in the region only creates more problems and does not help solve those problems.”

Back in 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed United States-brokered agreements with the entity to normalize their ties with the regime. Some other regional states, namely Sudan and Morocco, followed suit soon afterward.

Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the globe, especially within the Muslim world.

Other regional countries have also been fraternizing with the entity, including Saudi Arabia, which received a visit by the regime’s former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in November 2020.

Earlier this month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said the Arab governments that chose to normalize relations with the “Israeli” entity against the will of their people will end up being exploited by the occupying regime.

Elsewhere in the presser, the Iranian president said the two sides have underlined the need for establishing a durable ceasefire in Yemen, lifting the economic blockade, and facilitating intra-Yemeni talks as the solutions to the existing problem in the impoverished country.

“Undoubtedly, we consider the continuation of this [Saudi-led] war fruitless and believe that this war has no outcome but the suffering of the people,” Raisi said, emphasizing that ceasefire can be a “step towards resolving issues in Yemen.”

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states.

The objective was to reinstall the Riyadh-friendly regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of a functional government in Yemen.

While the Saudi-led coalition has failed to meet any of its objectives, the war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Kadhimi, for his part, said that during his talks with Iranian officials, the two sides discussed bilateral historical, cultural, and religious relations.

The Iraqi premier added that Baghdad attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran on the basis of common interests.

He noted that Iran and Iraq agreed to make further efforts to serve their nations’ interests and boost trade ties.

Kadhimi said Iran and Iraq also agreed to set a timetable to facilitate the huge annual Arbaeen procession.

He added that while Iranian pilgrims have already been able to receive visas at Iraqi airports, it is now possible for a specific number of Arbaeen pilgrims to obtain visas through border crossings.

The Iraqi prime minister said, “We also discussed major regional challenges and agreed to make a joint effort to help establish stability and calm in the region. We also talked about fateful issues facing the regional nations. We decided to support the Yemen ceasefire and agreed to support dialogue in Yemen in order to put an end to a war that has brought a lot of suffering to Yemeni people.”

Blinken Plays With Fire With Morocco and Algeria. Can Trump Stop This Crazy Arms Race and Prelude to War Though?

May 17, 2022

By Martin Jay


The more the West pours money into the Ukraine, the more the UN and its member states have to bang on this drum which is really the worst setback Morocco could imagine over the incendiary subject of Western Sahara.

Lavrov’s visit to Algiers to shore up support for Ukraine war has shown how ineffective and dangerous Blinken’s moves are in the region. Some might argue he is making an already dangerous situation between Morocco and Algeria worse.

Is the Biden administration looking to start a war between Algeria and Morocco? At first glance, this may seem a little far-fetched as a scenario but it’s a valid enough question when you study the movements and statements of its diplo supremo Anthony Blinken. Just recently, the secretary of state jetted into Morocco for a few hours to pay his respects to the kingdom’s dapper foreign minister, before swiftly leaving to visit Algeria, Morocco’s arch enemy based on the latter’s support for the Polisario movement in the disputed Western Sahara. Leading up to the final days of Trump’s period in the White House, the former president signed a decree officially acknowledging (by America) Morocco’s claim that the disputed territory is a legitimate sovereign part of the kingdom. Until that point, relations between Algeria and Morocco were icy, but cooperative.

Biden has always opposed this move by Trump but is limited in what he can do to turn it around. On the one hand, Morocco has always traditionally had good relations with Washington and he doesn’t want to be the first president to jeopardise that; on the other though, his own political views are at odds with the idea of a country colonising another one regardless of the circumstances and is aligned to what many in the United Nations would prefer: some sort of democratic diligence to decide the outcome, probably a referendum.

In the summer of 2021, eight months after Biden took office, the Algerians decided that the situation needed a radical rethink, confident that a dithering Biden wasn’t going to overturn the Trump decision, neither on paper nor in gesture. The Algerians cut off one of its two gas pipelines which crossed Morocco territory before it reaches Spain causing mayhem as this pipeline effectively allowed Madrid to sell on to Morocco natural gas.

Six months later, the worst possible thing for Rabat, which was hoping to exploit the Trump decision, happened. The Ukraine war began, which for Morocco, was not good news as, quite apart from wheat imports being affected, it shifted backwards a more modern idea beginning to emerge that the Rabat elite had about occupied countries around the world. The Moroccan upper classes were beginning to think that the world was getting used to them – East Timor, Taiwan, West Bank and Gaza, Kashmir, Transnistria, Northern Cyprus – and that with the help of the U.S., the Western Sahara would slowly but surely metamorphosise into Moroccan Sahara. Perhaps it would take a generation. But it was a wait worth waiting for, the mindset in Rabat believed. Occupations hadn’t become cool as such; more that people are becoming dumber, media sloppier and the UN sensationally ineffective – an organisation most associate with sex scandals and corruption rather than being an international arbiter of disputes which it once was during the reign of Morocco’s Hassan II (who made the decision to incorporate Western Sahara into Morocco proper in 1975 when it was abandoned by its former colonial power Spain).

But the Ukraine invasion by Russia has sparked a new impetus in the UN, breathing new life into the once somnolent ‘no colonisation’ mantra. And the more the West pours money into the Ukraine in a blatant attempt to topple Putin, the more the UN and its member states have to bang on this drum which is really the worst setback Morocco could imagine over the incendiary subject of Western Sahara, or Moroccan Sahara if you like.

Biden can’t save the situation, that’s clear. But to some, it may seem that he is actually making matters worse. He wants to keep good relations with Rabat (he may even think that the king can fund his next presidential bid in 2024) but he desperately needs to find both a solution to the Trump problem and to get Algerians on board with the delusional idea that America can crack the hegemony whip and Algeria will stand to attention and show some respect. The visit at the end of March to Algiers was a clear example of how deluded the Biden administration is in this part of world and how its own meddling threatens to take the crisis between Algeria and Morocco to a new level. The visit was hilariously mistimed and misjudged in that Blinken actually believed that with an endearing speech he could actually just win over the Algerians, who would presumably just throw their relationship with Russia in the bin, give Europe more natural gas and basically stop backing the Polisario militants in Western Sahara.

If none of this were to happen but just merely a silence would follow, perhaps Biden could have salvaged some political gravitas out of it. But in the event, it had the opposite effect. The Algerians merely cranked up their relations with Russia to the next level and within merely 48 hours, there were even reports circulating on social media that Moscow would help Algeria’s support for the Polisario. The preposterous suggestion by Blinken triggered a response by the Algerians who immediately contacted Moscow and – presumably – invited Sergei Lavrov to come to Algiers on 10th May, calling for more investment from Russian companies and talking up the 3bn dollars of trade between the two countries. They also reduced their gas sent to Spain in their second pipeline by 25% as an act of solidarity with Russia, presumably.

This reaction by Moscow and Algiers puts Morocco in a very difficult position as it realises that Biden’s people do not have the diplomatic skills to find a compromise which puts the Western Sahara dossier in a place where Rabat is happy, finds a solution to cooling tensions and getting a sensible energy deal from Algeria for both Europe and Morocco. None of the above, Anthony but thanks for trying. Whether Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita likes to admit it or not, he, like most of Rabat and the Palace are all standing in line with the Gulf Arab states, waiting for 2024 when Trump comes back for the great reset. Everything that the blithering Blinken touches seems to turn toxic blinding everyone near to him. He is arguably the most dangerous man in U.S. politics who belongs to a different period in time when the U.S. really was the sole superpower and could wield such power around the world. Pity the Moroccans who are charmed by his diplomatic endearments and refinements. They will soon learn that strong words often don’t come from a strong stomach.

Normalization: A stab in the back of the Palestinian cause

FEBRUARY 19, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Rasha Reslan 

The recent wave of normalization in the Middle East has resulted in gruesome shifts in regional dynamics and balances most notably regarding Palestine and the Palestinian cause.

Most Arab and Muslim countries are apparently considering normalization, but at what cost?

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco are among the Arab countries that signed normalization deals with the Israeli occupation, echoing Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s recognition of “Israel” in 1977.

Here’s the ugly truth: More Arab and Muslim countries are apparently considering doing the same with the US midwifing the move, not to mention that those who adopted the UAE’s prototype for normalization with “Israel” considered the issue of Palestine as non-existent.

Arab peace initiative?

Despite all claims of an Arab peace initiative, Palestine seems to be an afterthought in normalization deals with “Israel”. The so-called “Abraham Accords” were more about Arab transactions with the US than with “Israel”. In short, normalization with “Israel’” was the charge paid in exchange for the US’ recognition of territorial claims (in the case of Morocco), removal from blacklists (in the case of Sudan), preservation of a totalitarian regime (in the case of Bahrain), or sale of weaponry (in the case of the UAE).

One Year of Normalization between “Israel” and Morocco: Remembering the Old Love Story!

22 Dec 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

One Year of Normalization between “Israel” and Morocco: Remembering the Old Love Story!

Hussam AbdelKareem

This Moroccan dash towards normalization with “Israel” is not surprising to those who know the old love story between Hassan II, the father of the current king, and “Israel”, which dates back to more than 60 years ago.

A year ago, the normalization agreement between Morocco and “Israel” was officially signed. After that, the relations between the two sides jumped in all directions, from the exchange of ambassadors, to tourism and flights, to exports and economic relations, to visits of high-level minsters, until it reached security and defense cooperation.

This Moroccan dash towards normalization with “Israel” is not surprising to those who know the old love story between Hassan II, the father of the current king, and “Israel”, which dates back to more than 60 years ago.

In Commemoration of…

On July 9th, 2020, the “’Israel’ Speaks Arabic” Facebook page enumerated the honors that the “State of Israel” paid to commemorate Hassan II on the 91st anniversary of his birth, and wrote:

A monument was erected to his memory in “Petah Tikva” city.

His name was given to one of the main streets in the town of “Kiryat Ekron”.

A park was established to commemorate him in Ashdod city.

A walkway was built in his name in the city of “Kiryat Gat”.

Upon his death, “Israel” issued a postage stamp bearing his picture and with Arabic writing which read: His Majesty King Hassan II, King of Morocco.

The notorious Israeli postage stamp commemorating Hassan II

Long History of Secret Relations

These Israeli honors to Hassan II did not come out of the blue. The services he offered to “Israel” throughout the years cannot be summarized in just one or two articles. It is a long history of cooperation, coordination, and even alliance, dating back to the beginnings of his accession to the throne of the Kingdom of Morocco in 1961, when the young king found himself in a turbulent environment where communist and socialist revolutions were invading many parts of the world and national liberation movements continued nonstop in Africa, Asia and Latin America to get rid of the old colonialism along with its local affiliates of submissive monarchies, tribal rulers, and agents.

Next to him in Algeria was the great revolution against France at its height, which received unlimited support from the Nasser regime in Egypt, the enemy of all Arab monarchies. The threat to Hassan II was grave and the Moroccan people were not immune to the “revolutionary wave” whose storms were intensifying with the successive fall of the Arab monarchies from Egypt to Iraq to Yemen.

Hassan II turned his eyes to the east to find “Israel”, the pariah, bastard state forcibly planted in the region, which is completely hostile to all revolutionary movements, progressive regimes, Arab nationalist parties and left organizations in the region.

Hassan II saw in “Israel” a potential ally that could be trusted and relied upon when needed.

The Israeli temptation was great, especially with the young king’s knowledge of the Jewish state’s high status in the major countries in the West, which could facilitate matters and open closed doors for him to reach decision-making centers in Paris, London and Washington, which are, in his view, the strongest and best guarantee of his rule and throne.

Hassan II wasted no time. Between 1961 and 1964, he began working with “Israel” secretly, helping it to displace and transfer 97,000 Moroccan Jews – through Europe – to occupied Palestine (the immigration of Moroccan Jews to “Israel” had stopped in 1956). And in 1965 he made a deal with it, allowing the Israeli Mossad to spy on the Arab summit conference that was hosted by him in Morocco and to record all the deliberations and discussions, including the secret and closed ones. In return, the Mossad helped him track down, kidnap and kill the most prominent and dangerous Moroccan opponent, Mehdi Ben Barka, in Paris.

Despite the close secret relations that Hassan II had with “Israel”, he, with his innate intelligence, did not lose sight of the importance of appearing before his people as a supporter of the Arab right in Palestine. Thus, he took the decision to send two infantry brigades that included dozens of soldiers, one to the Egyptian front and one to the Syrian front, to participate in the war of October 1973 against “Israel”. Furthermore, he repeatedly spoke publicly about Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds and displayed his concern as the Commander of the Muslim Faithful (the title that he gave to himself) regarding its status and safety. When the Organization of the Islamic Conference established the “Al-Quds Committee” in 1975, its chairmanship was entrusted to Hassan II.

Hassan II played an important role in bringing Egypt and “Israel” closer by facilitating and encouraging secret contacts between the two parties. When Anwar Al-Sadat began his preparations for the “peace journey”, he could not find a better friend than the king to help him convey his ideas to “Israel” and communicate with its leaders. Indeed, Hassan II arranged the most important secret meeting that took place prior to Sadat’s visit to Al-Quds in 1977 between the Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, and Sadat’s close advisor, Hassan Al-Tohamy, when they met in Morocco under the king’s sponsorship. 

Then Came the Public Contacts

In the eighties of the last century, Hassan II considered that the time had come and the conditions were ripe to uncover his relationship with “Israel” and to break more “psychological barriers” between the Arabs and “Israel”. In 1986, he received the Israeli Prime Minister at his palace in Rabat, and the King allowed news about that visit and the meeting he had with Shimon Peres* to be published. On that day, the Moroccan media said that the meeting took place “in order to support the Palestinian people”.

In 1990 Hassan II appointed Andre Azoulay, a highly educated French-Moroccan Jew, as his special adviser. Azoulay remained close to the king, constantly giving him “advice” until he died in 1999. Azoulay was among the “legacy” that Mohammed VI inherited and he is still with him to this day. “Israel” sent a huge delegation that included 200 officials to participate in his funeral and offer condolences on his death.

And it’s no wonder the son follows father’s footsteps.


One of the anecdotes of the Arab summit that was held in Algeria in 1988 was that Colonel Gaddafi wore white gloves on his hands. when asked about the reason, he said that he did not want his hand to touch the hand of the person who shook hands with the criminal, Arab killer, Shimon Peres, in case he had to shake hands with Hassan II. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

تونس: يكفي إعادة التوازن للحياة العامة

31 تموز 2021

 ناصر قنديل

غالباً ما تخفي المواقف المبالغة برفع السقوف لتبرير السلبية دفاعاً عن ضفة سياسية يصعب تبنيها علناً، كمن يشترط لدعم موقف سورية بوجه العدوان المتكرر لجيش الاحتلال أن تقوم بالرد القاسي على كل مرة تتعرّض للعدوان، ويكون هو فعلياً بذلك يريد مساندة العدوان ولا يجرؤ، أو انه يدعم الجماعات الإرهابية المناوئة للدولة السورية، ويعلم ان احد اهداف الاعتداءات على الجيش السوري تخفيف الضغط على هذه الجماعات، لكنه يعبر عن دعمه لهذه الجماعات بهذه الطريقة التي تكمل أهداف العدوان، مَن يقول إنه مع مقاومة حزب الله شرط أن تبدأ من جنوب لبنان بتحرير فلسطين، تحت شعار ما قيمة السلاح والمقدسات تنتهك والقدس تهوّد والشعب الفلسطيني محاصر ويتعرّض كل يوم لعدوان جديد، وهو يرى بأم العين الجيوش العربية المصطفة بكل أسلحتها لا تكتفي بعدم تحريك ساكن لدعم فلسطين وشعبها، بل تنسّق مع الاحتلال، وتشارك في محاصرة الفلسطينيين وملاحقة المقاومين، ولا يأتي على سيرة هذه الجيوش بكلمة مركزاً اشتراطاته على المقاومة، وهذا لا يريد إلا أن يصرف النظر عن القضية الحقيقية التي تستعد لها المقاومة، شيطنة كل أمل بتغيير موازينها.

فيما تشهده تونس هذه الأيام وسط مشهد إقليمي دولي معقد، حيث لا يمكن فصل الواقع التونسي عن واقع الجغرافيا السياسية المحيطة بتونس من جهة ليبيا ومسارات الحرب فيها، او جهة المغرب ومسارات التطبيع فيه، أو جهة الجزائر والأطماع الدولية لتطويعها، وليس خافياً أن قطبي التجاذب في هذا المثلث هما تركيا وقطر من جهة ومصر وفرنسا والإمارات من جهة مقابلة، وفي تونس مسار سنوات من سيطرة الأخوان المسلمين على الحكم ومؤسسات الدولة، بحضور نيابي فشل في الدورة الأخيرة بتحقيق النتائج المرجوة، وفشل في الانتخابات الرئاسية في بلوغ الهدف، وأظهر الشعب التونسي الذي لا يملك أحزاباً ومرشحين لتشكيل أغلبية نيابية بوجه الأخوان تعبيراً عن رفضه لمشروعهم، عبر الإنتخابات الرئاسية مكانة الأغلبية الشعبية المناوئة للأخوان، عبر الفوز الساحق للرئيس قيس سعيد بأكثر من 70% من أصوات التونسيين.

خلال سنوات سيطرة الأخوان، تحوّلت تونس الى امتداد لجبهات الحرب الليبية إسناداً للدور التركي العسكري الذي ينال من السيادة الليبية ويعقد فرص الحل السياسي فيها، ويشكّل حاضنة للجماعات الإرهابية أسوة بما يفعله في سورية، كما حوّلت هذه السيطرة تونس الى ظهير حماية للتطبيع المغربي مع كيان الاحتلال حيث حكومة الإخوان في الحكم، وحوّلت هذه السيطرة تونس الى قاعدة لتصدير الإرهابيين الى المنطقة وسورية خصوصاً، ولم يعُد خافياً الدور الذي لعبه الأخوان في فرض مناخات إرهابية على الحياة السياسيّة والحريات والمنافسة الديمقراطيّة في تونس مع اغتيال رموز العملية الديمقراطيّة التي مثلها قادة مثل محمد البراهمي وشكري بلعيد، وتغوّلت سيطرة الأخوان على مؤسسات الدولة التونسية وعائداتها المالية، بصورة جعلت حصول المواطنين على الخدمات المستحقة من مؤسسات الدولة مشروطة بالمرور عبر مؤسسات الأخوان، وما أزمة تفشي كورونا والفشل في مواجهتها الا بنتيجة لهذه المعادلة.

الذي فعله الرئيس التونسي قيس سعيّد هو توظيف كل هذه التوازنات الخارجية والداخلية، ومن استعداد الجيش والقوى الأمنية والمؤسسات القضائية للتحرك، بفعل تهميشها من جهة وتشجيعها من المناوئين لدور الأخوان ومرجعيتهم الإقليمية من جهة موازية، وذلك لفرض واقع جديد يحرر الدولة التونسية ومؤسساتها الخدمية والإعلامية والإدارية والتربوية والصحية من سيطرة الاخوان، وفرض واقع أمني ينهي قدرتهم على فرض معايير الرعب السياسي على الخصوم والمنافسين، وانهاض دور مؤسسات الأمن والقضاء، بصورة تتيح استرداد التوازن الى المعادلة الداخلية، والتوازن الى موقع تونس الاقليمي والدولي.

الذين يريدون تصنيف حركة الرئيس التونسي في خانة تنفيذ اجندة إماراتية تهدف للتطبيع او أجندة فرنسية تهدف لمحاصرة الجزائر أو اجندة مصرية تهدف لتوظيف تونس في المعادلة الليبية، يتنكّرون لمواقف الرئيس قيس سعيّد من التطبيع ومن الاستعمار الفرنسي ومن تورط تونس في الحرب الليبية، ويخفون بانتقاداتهم تأييدهم لهيمنة الاخوان على الدولة التونسية وتحويلها الى قاعدة يحتاجها الأتراك الذين ليسوا أبعد من المطبعين العرب عن التطبيع، وببساطة تستطيع أن تكون مع الرئيس قيس سعيد وأن تدين تطبيع الإمارات وتحذر من خطورته وأن تبقى بصوت مرتفع بوجه المشروع الاستعماري الفرنسي وان لا تتطابق مع السياسات المصرية وأنت تؤيدها بوجه مخاطر حرب المياه الإثيوبية وتعارضها في أدائها على حدود غزة، إن كنتم صادقين!

للذين لا يعرفون تونس يجب لفت الانتباه إلى أن في تونس حالة فريدة عربياً يمثلها الاتحاد العام التونسي للشغل، وهو أوسع إطار شعبي منظم له عراقة النقابات التاريخية، ومبادئ وطنية وقومية تحررية ثابتة تشكل ميراثه وثوابته، بالتمسك بالاستقلال وفلسطين والعروبة والديمقراطية، وهو صمام أمان هذه العناوين الأربعة عندما تتهدّدها الرياح.

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Where is Palestine in the “Muslim Brotherhood” constants from Egypt to Tunisia, Turkey and Syria? أين فلسطين في ثوابت “الإخوان المسلمين” من مصر إلى تونس وتركيا وسوريا

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أين فلسطين في ثوابت “الإخوان المسلمين” من مصر إلى تونس وتركيا وسوريا؟

المصدر: الميادين

من حركة حماس إلى حركة مجتمع السلم في الجزائر، إلى الحركة الدستورية في الكويت، إجماعٌ على وصف موافقة العدالة والتنمية على تطبيع المغرب خيانةً وطعنةً في الظهر.

 محافظ الرباط يرحب بكوشنر ومستشار الأمن القومي الإسرائيلي بعد وصولهما إلى المغرب (أ ف ب).
محافظ الرباط يرحب بكوشنر ومستشار الأمن القومي الإسرائيلي بعد وصولهما إلى المغرب (أ ف ب).

وقعّت الرباط وتل أبيب وواشنطن اتفاقاً ثلاثياً تضمن عدة مذكرات تفاهم  لإقامة علاقات بين المغرب و”إسرائيل”، وصفه وزير الخارجية المغربي ناصر بوريطة بأنه “خريطة طريق سيعمل الأطراف الثلاثة عليها خلال المرحلة المقبلة”.

صادمة كانت صور رئيس الحكومة المغربية وهو يوقّع على اتفاق التطبيع مع الاحتلال الإسرائيلي.

صدمة كانت أشد وأقسى لدى الأحزاب الإسلامية التي تحمل فكر الإخوان المسلمين. ذلك أن حزب العدالة والتنمية الذي يرأَس الحكومة في المغرب هو أيضاً أحد أحزاب الإسلام السياسي التي وصلت الى الحكم بعد ما عُرف بـ “الربيع العربي”.

لا شك في أن الحركات الإسلامية تعاني انقساماً في الموقف حول التطبيع، لكنّ السؤال يتعلّق بمن وصل إلى الحكم من الإخوان المسلمين في مصر وتركيا وتونس عمّا فعله لفلسطين؟ كيف يمكن أن يبرّر حزب سياسي إسلامي، خيانة أقدس قضايا الأمة من أجل البقاء في السلطة؟

ففي المنطقة خياران في التعامل مع الكيان المحتل. الأول يبادر إلى إنقاذ الاحتلال من أزماته ومشاكله التي وصلت داخلياً إلى مراحل خطرة، من خلال مشاريع تطبيعٍ مجانية.

والثاني اختار المقاومة خياراً استراتيجياً لتحرير الأرض والإنسان، ويتحضّر للمواجهة ويستعدّ لكل نزال، هذه المرة عبر مناوراتٍ مشتركةٍ لفصائل المقاومة في فلسطين تقام للمرة الأولى.

وتعليقاً على التطبيع المغربي وموقف الحركات الإسلامية منه، قال الباحث في الشؤون الاجتماعية والسياسية طلال عتريسي إن الحركات الاسلامية تمر بمنعطف تاريخي يتصل بالتعامل مع فلسطين، مؤكّداً وجود صدمة كبيرة من موقف حكومة المغرب من التطبيع مع الاحتلال.

واعتبر عتريسي في حديث لـ الميادين أن النموذج التركي يعني حكماً إسلامياً على علاقة مع “إسرائيل” يكون عضوا في الناتو، وقال إنه كان “على حكومة العثماني بالحد الأدنى الاستقالة عند توقيع التطبيع مع الاحتلال”.

وأشار إلى أن المناورة المشتركة لفصائل المقاومة وجهت رسالة بأن الجهوزية عالية، والتطبيع لم يؤثر على المقاومة.

وقال الكاتب السياسي كمال بن يونس في هذا السياق إن “كل الاحزاب العقائدية عدّلت مواقفها من قضايا عدة منها النضال ضد الامبريالية”، معتبراً أن من أسباب خسارة الاحزاب الاسلامية الحكم في تونس ومصر دعمهم لفلسطين.

بن يونس أكّد في حديث لـ الميادين أن “توقيع رئيس الحكومة في المغرب على اتفاق التطبيع سيعود بالضرر على حزب العدالة والتنمية، وأن من أخطاء الاحزاب الاسلامية التمسك بعمقها الاسلامي مع التحالف مع الفاسدين والاستعمار”.

من جهته، قال الباحث في الشؤون الامنية محمد أبو هربيد “لم نصل بعد إلى تشابك حقيقي لتكون القضية الفلسطينية هي الأولوية، مؤكّداً أن المقاومة الفلسطينية هي العقبة الأساسية التي تواجه الاحتلال الإسرائيلي.

أبو هربيد اعتبر في حديث مع الميادين أن “الهروب من واقع المقاومة دفع بعض العرب والإسرائيليين للذهاب إلى التطبيع، وأن الدول العربية لم تذهب إلى التطبيع من موقع القوة.

وأكد أن المناورات المشتركة تحمل رسائل تطمين للشعب الفلسطيني، ورسالة لكل منظومة التطبيع ان المقاومة مستمرة.

يذكر أن الغرفة المشتركة لفصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية أعلنت اليوم الأربعاء جهوزيتها لتنفيذ مناورات عسكرية مشتركة للمرة الأولى تنشر تفاصيلها وتوقيتاتها وفق مقتضيات الميدان.

 Where is Palestine in the “Muslim Brotherhood” constants from Egypt to Tunisia, Turkey and Syria?


From Hamas to the Society for Peace movement in Algeria, to the constitutional movement in Kuwait, there is a consensus that the Justice and Development agreed to normalise Morocco as a betrayal and a stab in the back.

 محافظ الرباط يرحب بكوشنر ومستشار الأمن القومي الإسرائيلي بعد وصولهما إلى المغرب (أ ف ب).
The Governor of Rabat welcomes Kushner and Israel’s national security adviser after their arrival in Morocco (AFP).

Rabat, Tel Aviv and Washington signed a tripartite agreement that included several memorandums of understanding to establish relations between Morocco and Israel, which Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Borita described as “a road map that the three parties will work on during the next phase.”

Shocking was the pictures of the Moroccan prime minister signing the normalization agreement with the Israeli occupation.

The shock was even more severe for the Islamist parties carrying the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Justice and Development Party (PJD), which heads the government in Morocco, is also one of the political Islamist parties that came to power after what was known as the “Arab Spring”.

There is no doubt that Islamist movements are divided in the position on normalisation, but the question is related to the Muslim Brotherhood who came to power in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, what did they do for Palestine? How can an Islamic political party justify betraying the nation’s holiest cause in order to stay in power?

The region has two options in dealing with the occupying entity. The first takes the initiative to save the occupation from its crises and problems, which have reached dangerous stages internally, through free normalisation projects.

The second option chose the resistance as a strategic choice for the liberation of the land and the people, and prepares for confrontation and prepares for each fight, this time through joint exercises of resistance factions in Palestine held for the first time.

Commenting on Moroccan normalisation and the position of Islamic movements on it, Talal Atrisi, a researcher in social and political affairs, said that Islamic movements are at a historic juncture related to dealing with Palestine, stressing that there is a great shock to the Moroccan government’s position on normalisation with the occupation.

Atrisi said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen  that the Turkish model means Islamic rule on the relationship with “Israel” to be a member of NATO, and said that “the Ottoman government should have at a minimum resigned when signing normalisation with the occupation.”

He noted that the joint manoeuvring of the resistance factions sent a message that readiness is high, and normalisation has not affected the resistance.

“All ideological parties have adjusted their positions on several issues, including the struggle against imperialism,” political writer Kamal Ben Younis said, adding that one of the reasons for the Islamic parties losing power in Tunisia and Egypt is their support for Palestine.

“Morocco’s prime minister’s signing of the normalisation agreement will hurt the PJD, and it is a mistake for Islamic parties to stick to their Islamic depth with the alliance with the corrupt and colonialism,” Ben Younis told Al-Mayadeen.

For his part, security researcher Mohammed Abu Harbid said, “We have not yet reached a real entanglement so that the Palestinian issue will be the priority, stressing that the Palestinian resistance is the main obstacle facing the Israeli occupation.

  “The escape from the reality of resistance prompted some Arabs and Israelis to go to normalisation, and the Arab countries did not go to normalisation from the position of force,” he said.

He stressed that the joint exercises carry messages of reassurance to the Palestinian people and a message to the entire normalisation system that the resistance continues.

It is worth mentioning that the Joint Chamber of Palestinian Resistance Factions (PDT) on Wednesday announced its readiness to carry out joint military exercises  for the first time, publishing its details and timings in accordance with the requirements of the field.

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في معرض شرحه أو تبريره قبول السلطات المغربية الاتفاق العام مع العدوّ الإسرائيلي، يقول دبلوماسي مغربي إن السعودية كانت على الدوام لاعباً مهماً في هذا المجال. لا ينفي الدبلوماسي العلاقات التاريخية التي ربطت العائلة الحاكمة المغربية بالمنظّمات اليهودية العالمية، وانعكاس ذلك علاقات مع المنظمات الصهيونية الداعمة لإسرائيل. ويقرّ بأن العلاقات مع إسرائيل أكثر عمقاً من العلاقات التي ربطت حكام آل سعود مع العدو. لكنه يدعو الى الانتباه إلى أن السعودية كما الإمارات العربية المتحدة تقومان بدور «مموّل هذه الاتفاقات الجديدة»، لافتاً الى أن حزمة المساعدات التي أغرت الولايات المتحدة الدول العربية بها للتعجيل بهذه الخطوة، تستند في جانب منها الى دعم ستوفّره الرياض وأبو ظبي مباشرة، أو من خلال المشاركة في مشاريع استثمارية تقوم فيها إسرائيل بدور مباشر، ولا سيما على صعيد الخبرات اللوجستية والتقنية.

المسألة، هنا، لا تتعلق فقط بهذا الدور المساعد، بل بالخريطة الإجمالية لفكرة التحالف الاستراتيجي مع إسرائيل. لأن من فكر بأن دونالد ترامب استعجل اتفاقات التطبيع لاستثمارها في الانتخابات الأميركية، أدرك بأن الأمر لم يكن بنداً ساخناً على جدول أعمال الناخب الأميركي. حتى الكتلة اليهودية الناخبة لم تتأثّر فعلياً بهذه الأمور. ثمّة ما هو مختلف في مقاربة اليهود الأميركيين للانتخابات الداخلية الأميركية، وهو أمر له أثره على أمور كثيرة، من بينها التباين بين هذه الكتلة وبين رئيس حكومة العدوّ بنيامين نتنياهو. وهو تباين لا يجب البناء عليه بسذاجة من يفكر بأن هناك احتمالاً لانقلاب يهود أميركا على إسرائيل. لكن حدوده متعلقة بالمصالح الاستراتيجية للكتلة اليهودية داخل أميركا نفسها.

صحيح أن النفوذ الكبير ليهود الغرب يفيد من يتحالف معهم أو يخدم مصالحهم، ومن ضمنها إسرائيل، لكن حكام الخليج يحتاجون إلى هذه المؤسسة لاحتواء أي إشكال يقوم مع الغرب، ولمنع قيام علاقات بين الولايات المتحدة ودول مركزية في المنطقة، من دون الأخذ في الحسبان مصالحهم. صار السعوديون والإماراتيون على وجه التحديد، يتصرفون على أساس أن وجودهم مرتبط بتوفير عناصر الأمان على يد الغرب، وفي مقدمته أميركا. وهم، هنا، يشعرون بأن المعركة الوجودية التي قرروا أنهم في داخلها، تتطلب حرباً من نوع مختلف مع المحور المقابل. وعند هذا الحد، لا تعود العلاقات مع إسرائيل محل نقاش، بل ما يبقى للنقاش هو الشكل والإخراج المطلوب لمنع حصول ما ليس في الحسبان.

في إسرائيل ليس هناك من يتوهم بأن العلاقات مع حكومات الإمارات والسعودية والبحرين والسودان والمغرب كما مع حكومات مصر والأردن وقطر، يمكن أن تنعكس تحوّلاً في المزاج الشعبي في هذه الدول. لا بل إن الاستراتيجيين في كيان العدو، يعرفون أن الحكومات المطبّعة غير قادرة على ضرب فكرة المقاومة حيث تنمو.
عند هذا الحدّ، يصبح المهم والأهم هو المتعلق بالواقع الاستراتيجي الذي يخص المصالح الرئيسية لدول التحالف الجديد. السعودية والإمارات والبحرين مثلاً، هي من الدول التي تخشى على استقرار نظامها السياسي والأمني والاقتصادي أيضاً. وهي تعتقد بأن الحماية الأميركية لم تعد كافية، وأدركت تدريجاً، منذ عام 2011، أن الولايات المتحدة لم تعد قادرة على الوجود هنا، ولو بالأجرة. أما إسرائيل التي تدرك أيضاً منذ عام 2006 أنها لم تعد قادرة على خوض الحرب وحدها من دون دعم أميركي، فتظهر الخشية ليس من تمدّد محتمل لمحور المقاومة، وخصوصاً بعد الذي يجري في اليمن، بل من أن انهيار المنظومة الحالية في الخليج العربي سيضيق هامش الحركة الأميركية والأوروبية في هذه المنطقة. وهو ما يتطلّب الحضور الإسرائيلي المباشر. والعارفون بشؤون المنطقة يلمسون أن إسرائيل لم تعد تكتفي بما يردها من معلومات بالواسطة من هذه الساحات. ولم تعد تكتفي بشبكات المتعاونين معها مهما علت رتبهم. صار الوجود المباشر للأجهزة الإسرائيلية المعنية أمراً ضرورياً. وهو يتطلب مشروعية تسهّل الكثير من الأمور التي تبقى معقّدة مهما أتاحت لها الحكومات هوامش للحركة. الى جانب أمر آخر، يتعلق بفئة من المستثمرين الإسرائيليين الذين يريدون هذه السوق مباشرة، أو استخدامها للوصول الى أسواق يصعب الدخول إليها بشكل عادي والتي تمتد شرقاً حتى أفغانستان، وغرباً حتى إفريقيا.

ولذلك، يمكن العودة الى كلام الدبلوماسي المغربي، وفهم الدور السعودي المحوري والأساسي. بمعزل عما يظهر منه إلى العلن الآن أو في أي وقت آخر. السعودية، هنا، باتت حجر الزاوية لهذا التحالف الجديد. وعلى عاتقها مهمات كثيرة. وفي هذا السياق، يمكن فهم التدرّج في الخطوات السياسية وغير السياسية التي يقوم بها حكام آل سعود داخل الجزيرة العربية وخارجها من أجل تثبيت دعائم هذا التحالف.

تنشر «الأخبار» في ما يلي نصّ وثيقة مصدرها البريد السري داخل مراكز الحكم في السعودية، كتبها رئيس المخابرات السعودية خالد الحميدان إلى رئيسه وليّ العهد محمد بن سلمان، تتعلّق بملف التطبيع مع الإسرائيليين. وهو تقرير يشرح الخطوط العامة للتوجّه السعودي في كيفية التعامل مع هذا الملف.

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ندّد علماء وأكاديميّون في المغرب، باعتزام بلادهم استئناف تطبيع العلاقات مع الكيان الصهيوني.

جاء ذلك في عريضة حملت توقيع أكثر من 200 من العلماء والأكاديميين والحقوقيين والسياسيين، ولا تزال مفتوحة للتوقيع.

وندّدت الشخصيات بالإقدام على ما سمته “خطيئة التطبيع”، مشيرين إلى أن “علماء الأمة أجمعوا على حرمة التصالح مع عدو”.

وأشادت بـ”موقف المغاربة باختلاف توجهاتهم، الرافض للتطبيع والمناصر للحق الفلسطيني”.

وأكدت أن “القضية الفلسطينية أمانة لن يتم التخلي عنها مع نصرها حتى تحرير فلسطين”.

والخميس الماضي، أعلن العاهل المغربي استئناف الاتصالات الرسمية الثنائية والعلاقات الدبلوماسية مع الكيان الصهيوني “في أقرب الآجال”، وفق بيان صدر عن الديوان الملكي.

وبالتزامن مع ذلك، أعلن الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، اعتراف الولايات المتحدة لأول مرة، بسيادة المغرب الكاملة على إقليم الصحراء كافة.

وسيصبح المغرب الدولة المغاربية الوحيدة التي تقيم علاقات مع الكيان الصهيوني إثر قطع موريتانيا علاقاتها في 2010، وهو ما يعتبر اختراقاً صهيونياً لافتاً لمنطقة المغرب العربي.

كما سيصبح رابع دولة عربية توافق على التطبيع مع الكيان خلال عام 2020، بعد الإمارات والبحرين والسودان، التي انضمّت إلى مصر والأردن.

“نقابة الصحافة المغربية” ترفض التطبيع

الميادين نت

“النقابة الوطنية للصحافة المغربية” تصدر بياناً ترفض فيه أي تطبيع، أو تواصل إعلامي مع “إسرائيل” على حساب الحقوق الشعب الفلسطيني. 

اعلنت “النقابة الوطنية للصحافة المغربية”، رفضها الكامل لأي تطبيع أو تواصل اعلامي مع “إسرائيل” على حساب الحقوق الثابتة للشعب الفلسطيني. 

موقف النقابة جاء في بيان رداً على قرار المغرب التطبيع الكامل مع “إسرائيل”، مقابل اعتراف واشنطن بسيادة المغرب على “الصحراء الغربية”، وانسجاماً مع تمسك الصحافيين المغاربة بالحقوق الثابتة والتاريخية للفلسطينين، وفي مقدمتها إقامة دولة مستقلة عاصمتها القدس الشريف.

ورأت النقابة في بيانها أن السعي نحو العودة بعلاقات المغرب مع “إسرائيل” إلى ما كانت عليه قبل العام 2002، إنما “يتعلق بمبادرات رسمية محدودة ومحددة بدقة تندرج في سياق حسابات إقليمية”. 

وأشارت “النقابة الوطنية للصحافة المغربية” إلى أن “اعتراف الولايات المتحدة بسيادة المغرب على صحرائه ليس في حقيقته إلا إحقاقاً للحق الذي لا يقبل المقايضة، وقد تم استهدافه على الدوام لحسابات جيو استراتيجية ودوافع استعمارية”. 

Will the accelerated “normalisation” actually end the Palestine issue? «التطبيع» المتسارع هل يُصفّي قضيّة فلسطين فعليّاً؟

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العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط*

يبدي البعض استغراباً لشدة الوقاحة التي يتصرف بها كثير من الأنظمة العربية الرسمية في مسار الذلة والإذعان والاستسلام للمشروع الصهيوني الاستعماري، وتزاحمهم على ركوب قطار الاستسلام المسمّى تطبيعاً مع العدو «الإسرائيلي».

بيد أنّ عودة الى التاريخ العربي اللصيق أو القريب يجد انّ الاستغراب في غير محله، فتلك الأنظمة لم تكن يوماً عدواً لـ «إسرائيل»، ولم تعمل يوماً من أجل فلسطين لإعادة أهلها إليها بل بالعكس تماماً عملت في الشأن الفلسطيني من أجل تخدير الفلسطينيين وتمكين «إسرائيل» من كسب الوقت لتتمّ عمليات الاحتلال والقضم والهضم وصولاً للإجهاز على كامل فلسطين التاريخيّة التي لم يكن فيها من وظيفة فعليّة لصفقة ترامب الإجرامية إلا كشف المستور والإعلان العملي عن انتهاء وتصفية القضية الفلسطينية بمباركة عربية، وفتح الطريق أمام معظم الأنظمة العربية للسير زحفاً والجثو أمام المغتصب «الإسرائيلي». وانّ وزير خارجية المغرب عبّر بدقة عن حال العرب هؤلاء في سياق ما كان يصف أو ما فاخر به من علاقات تاريخية مميّزة بين المغرب و«إسرائيل» كانت قائمة قبل الإعلان عن التطبيع.

ومع هذا ورغم الألم الذي تنتجه مواقف وكلمات أو صور تظهر موقع «إسرائيل» المميّز عند هذه الدولة العربية أو تلك من قبيل ان ترى العلم «الإسرائيلي» على برج خليفة في الخليج في دبي في الإمارات العربية، أو قول وزير خارجية المغرب بأنّ أحداً من البلدان العربية لا يملك علاقات مع «إسرائيل» بمثل الفرادة التي تنفرد بها المغرب تاريخياً في صياغة تلك العلاقات المميّزة، أو إقدام هذه الدولة العربية أو تلك من دول التطبيع المستجدّ على إعطاء «إسرائيل» موقعاً تفضيلياً في التجارة الخارجية حتى ولو كانت السلع المستوردة من نتاج المستعمرات «الإسرائيلية» في الضفة الغربية، رغم كلّ هذا الألم فإننا نرى في التطبيع وآثاره ومفاعيله صوراً هامة من طبيعة أخرى نذكر أهمّها كالتالي:


ـ أسقط التطبيع الأقنعة وأزال أوراق التين عن عورات الدول العربية تلك، وأظهرها على حقيقتها الخيانيّة لقضية فلسطين ومَن يريد أن يعرف أسفار الخيانات المرتكبة من حكام عرب بحق فلسطين ما عليه إلا أن يُعمِل الذاكرة ويعود الى حرب الإنقاذ وكيف كانت تسلّم الأرض الى الصهاينة بعد تحريرها من تشكيلات جيش الإنقاذ، ومسيرة الخيانة مستمرة لحكام عرب كانت قائمة ولم تتوقف يوماً.


ـ كشف التطبيع بكلّ صراحة ووضوح الدور الوظيفي السلبي للجامعة العربية التي عملت في الآونة الأخيرة بشكل أكثر وقاحة ضدّ مصلحة العرب وضدّ فلسطين وهي الجامعة التي باتت كما يبدو تستعدّ للفظ أنفاسها الأخيرة لتفسح في المجال أمام قيام «جامعة الشرق الأوسط الإقليميّة» التي يتحوّل فيها العرب المطبّعون الى أيتام وخدام لدى «إسرائيل» التي ستمسك بعصا القيادة فيها تديرها بشكل منسّق مع تركيا وبإشراف أميركيّ مباشر، وعلينا أن لا ننسى كيف أنّ جامعة السقوط العربي تلك أخرجت سورية العربيّة من صفوفها وطلبت من الناتو تدمير ليبيا وتفتيتها الى الحدّ الذي تعذّر عليها بناء دولتها مجدّداً رغم مضيّ 10 سنوات على التدمير.


ـ يرسم التطبيع الخريطة الاستراتيجيّة في المنطقة، ويقيم المحاور والتحالفات الخالية من أحصنة طروادة، والخالية من المثبطين عملاء العدو، وبهذا يمكن لمحور المقاومة وحلفائه من عرب ودول إسلامية أن يضعوا استراتيجية المواجهة بوجهيها الدفاعي والهجوميّ من دون أن يقعوا فريسة التضليل والخداع. وهنا لا بدّ من الإشارة الى انّ المقاومة في جبهتها ومكوّنات محورها لم تخسر شيئاً ميدانياً بإعلان تطبيع من طبّع إذ لم يكن هؤلاء يوماً جنوداً لفلسطين وانقلبوا عليها الآن، بل كانوا خونة لفلسطين متستّرين وخرجوا من الصفوف الآن وتراجع خطرهم بعد أن فُضح أمرهم وباتت عمالتهم وخيانتهم علانية.


ـ يضع التطبيع بوصفه عملاً خيانياً الشعوب العربية أمام مسؤولياتها، التي يجب أن تضطلع بها تلك الشعوب تحت عنوانين، عنوان الرفض السلبي بالامتناع الكلي عن التعامل مع كلّ مَن ينتمي او يتصل بالعدو «الإسرائيلي» وشنّ أوسع الحملات للمقاطعة والتصرّف كما وكأنّ التطبيع لم يحصل، وعنوان الضغط الفاعل والنشط على الحكام في تلك البلدان من أجل إفهام الحاكم أنه أخطأ وأنّ الشعوب غير موافقة على خيانته ولن تسير بمقتضاها.


ـ أما العدو الذي يتباهى اليوم بهذا الانتصار الاستراتيجي الهائل، فهو يعلم وفي العمق أنّ اجتياحه للعالم العربي بالتطبيع وفرضه على أنظمة فيه للتركيع، فإنه يعلم انّ التطبيع بهذا الشكل والحجم هو عمل ليس من شأنه أن يوفر له إجابات موثوقة على أسئلة وجودية خطيرة تقضّ مضجعه خاصة أنه يرى في المواجهة جبهة إقليميّة قائمة ومستمرّة ترفض وجوده وترفض التنازل عن فلسطين رفضاً يعلم العدو أهميته خاصة عندما ينظر الى القوة التي يمتلكها الرافضون والتي فرضت على العدو تصرفاً يضع وجوده تحت علامة استفهام كبيرة. في الوقت الذي يعرف أنّ المطبّعين لم يخرجوا من الميدان العسكري في مواجهة «إسرائيل» لأنهم لم يكونوا يوماً فيه ولن يكونوا في الخندق مع «إسرائيل» في مواجهة المقاومة. نقول هذا رغم علمنا بالمزايا العسكرية والاستراتيجية التي تمنحها مسارات التطبيع لـ «إسرائيل» في مواجهة إيران بشكل خاص.

وفي الخلاصة نقول إنّ ما يسمّى التطبيع بصفته الخيانية التي لا شكّ فيها هو انقياد واستسلام للعدو لم ولن يحقق على الصعيد العام سلاماً ولن يوفر لمن طبّع من العرب مصلحة أو يكرّس لهم مكسباً، ورغم أنه سيحقق لـ «إسرائيل» بعض المكاسب والمصالح المتنوعة الاستراتيجية والسياسية والاقتصادية وقد يكون فيها بعض العسكرية، لكنه لن يحلّ لها مأزقها الوجودي في ظلّ قوة محور المقاومة الرافض لهذا الوجود وقوته المتصاعدة رغم كلّ الضغوط الأميركية كما، قوة تعطف على فعالية وجود كتلة ديمغرافية فلسطينية كبيرة حرمتها الخيانة من حقها بالأرض والدولة المستقلة، ولذا ستبقى شاهداً على استحالة تصفية القضية الفلسطينية من غير استعادة الحق لصاحبه.

 ويبقى أن نؤكد انّ التطبيع المزعوم سيلقي بثقل المسؤولية على الشعوب في الدول المطبّعة، لتقول كلمتها وتعلن مواقفها بشكل يجهض أهداف التطبيع ويظهرها بأنها أعمال ذات طبيعة كرتونية غير مجدية، ولهذه الشعوب في الشعب المصري خير اسوة ومثال حيث أنه برفضه لـ «إسرائيل» حرمها من الحركة أو التغلغل أو الوجود المجدي في الشارع المصري بكلّ عناوينه.

* أستاذ جامعي – باحث استراتيجي.  

Will the accelerated “normalisation” actually end the Palestine issue?

Brigadier General Dr. Amin Mohammed Hatit*

Some are surprised by the severity of the insolence with which many official Arab regimes are acting in the path of humiliation, acquiescence and surrender to the Zionist colonial project, and their rivalry to board the train of surrender called normalization with the «Israeli» enemy.

However, a return to recent Arab history finds that astonishment is misplaced as these regimes have never been an enemy of “Israel”, nor ever worked in the interest of Palestine to return its people to it. On the contrary, they worked in the Palestinian affairs in order to numb the Palestinians and enable Israel to gain time to expand its occupation, and annexing the whole of historical Palestine. And one finds that there was no actual function of trump’s criminal deal, so-called the deal of the century, other than announcing the end of the Palestinian issue with Arab blessing, and open the way for most Arab regimes to march and kneel in front of the “Israeli” enemy. The Foreign Minister of Morocco expressed accurately the situation of those Arabs in what he described as historical relations between Morocco and Israel, that relations had existed before the announcement of normalization.

However, despite the pain caused by some behaviours, words, or images that show the privileged position which “Israel“ occupies in this or that Arab country; such as seeing the “Israeli” flag on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, or the foreign minister of Morocco saying that none of the Arab countries have relations with Israel as unique as Morocco’s historical relations with “Israel”, or the preferential position in foreign trade was given to “Israel” by some of the newly normalizing Arab states. Even if the goods imported are the product of the “Israeli” settlements in the West Bank. despite all this pain, we see in the normalization and its effects important images of another nature. The most important of which are:

1. The normalization dropped the masks and removed the fig leaves from those Arab countries, and showed them for their betrayal of the question of Palestine, and who wants to know the journeys of betrayals committed by Arab rulers against Palestine, has to study the war of salvation, when those Arab rulers were handing over the land to the Zionists after the formations of the Salvation Army liberates it. The march of some Arab rulers’ betrayal continues and never stopped.

2. The normalization revealed openly and clearly the negative functional role of the Arab League, which has recently worked more brazenly against the interest of the Arabs and against Palestine, which seems to be preparing to take its last breath to give way to the establishment of the “Regional Middle East League “, in which the normalizing Arabs become orphans and servants of “Israel”, which will hold its stick of leadership, and for this League to be managed in a coordinated manner with Turkey and under direct American supervision. And we must not forget how the Arab League expelled Syria from it. And how it asked NATO to destroy Libya, and break it up to the extent that it was unable to build its state again despite 10 years of destruction.

3 Normalization charts the strategic map in the region, establishes the axes and alliances free of Trojan-horses, and free of disincentives from enemy agents, so that the axis of resistance and its allies from Arab and Islamic countries can put the strategy of confrontation in both its defensive and offensive plans without falling prey to misinformation and deception. Here it must be noted that the axis of resistance did not lose any of its factions on the ground because of those normalization steps, as those who normalized were not soldiers of Palestine and turned on it now, but they were traitors to Palestine in hiding and they came out of the ranks. On the contrary, their danger has decreased after they were exposed and their betrayal became public.

4 Normalization as an act of treason, demands from the Arab people to face their responsibilities, which must be carried out under two headings. First, passive resistance by totally refraining from dealing with anyone who belongs or communicates with the “Israeli” enemy and launching the broadest boycott campaigns for this purpose. Second, mount pressure on the rulers of the normalizing countries in order to make the ruler understand that he made a mistake and that the public do not agree to his betrayal and will not be part of it.

5 The enemy, which today boasts of this enormous strategic victory, knows in depth that its invasion of the Arab world by normalization does not provide him with reliable answers to serious existential questions that haunt him. Especially since he sees an existing and persistent regional front that rejects its existence and refuses to cede Palestine. The enemy knows the importance of this front, especially when the enemy knows what capabilities’ the rejectionists have, which has imposed on the enemy its conduct and places its existence under great question. While he knows that the normalizing countries did not leave the military field against “Israel” because they were never there in the first place, and will not be in the trenches with “Israel” against the axis of resistance.

In conclusion, we say that the so-called normalization as a betrayal, which is undoubtedly a surrender to the enemy, has not and will not achieve peace at the public level and will not provide those normalizing Arabs with any benefits or devote a gain to them. And although it will bring to “Israel” some gains and various strategic, political and economic benefits, and may also have some military benefits too, But it will not solve “Israel’s” existential dilemma under the strength of the axis of resistance, and its rising power despite all the American pressure. Not to mention the existence of a large Palestinian demographic bloc deprived of its right to land and an independent state. Therefore, the Palestinian issue is impossible to be settled without restoring the Palestinian right to its owner.

 It remains to emphasize that the so-called normalization will place the weight of responsibility on the people in the normalizing countries, to say their word and declare their position in a way that thwarts the objectives of normalization, and shows them as acts of a cartoonish nature useless. Those people can take a leaf out of the Egyptians’ book  . As they rejected “Israel”, they deprived it of movement or penetration or meaningful presence in the Egyptian’s streets.

* University professor – strategic researcher.

Some Quick Observations on the Normalization of Relations Between Morocco and The Zionist Entity ملاحظات متفرقة على تطبيع المغرب

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ملاحظات متفرقة على تطبيع المغرب:

أولا: حصل تطبيع المغرب في ظل حكومة العدالة والتنمية الإسلامية، وجاء تصريح رئيس الوزراء من حزب العدالة والتنمية مخزيا، حيث أيد خطوة الملك في التطبيع لكن مع إضافة عبارات فضفاضة لا تقدم ولا تؤخر عن استمرار الدعم للقضية الفلسطينية، وهذا نفس الكلام التبريري الذي صدر عن الديوان الملكي في المغرب، صحيح أنه صدر عن العديد من أعضاء حزب العدالة والتنمية استنكار لخطوة التطبيع تلك، لكن المهم في السياسة هو تصرفات القوى التنفيذية، وما دون ذلك هي أمور لا يعتد بها كثيرا سيما عندما تكون قيادة حزبك هي التي تترأس الائتلاف الحكومي.

ثانيا: هناك عدة تقارير عن اتصالات مؤخرا بين تركية التي يحكمها حزب العدالة والتنمية الإسلامي أيضا وبين كيان الاحتلال بهدف إعادة السفراء وتحسين العلاقات التي لم تنقطع كليا أصلا، والتبرير القائل بأن العلاقات بين تركيا وبين الكيان الصهيوني سابقة على حكم حزب العدالة والتنمية لم تعد مقنعة، لا سيما بعد أن تم تعديل الدستور التركي ليصير الحكم رئاسيا، وبات اليوم لدى رئيس الجمهورية كامل الصلاحيات التنفيذية التي يستطيع بموجبها قطع العلاقات بل حتى سحب الاعتراف من كيان الاحتلال بجرة قلم إن شاء، ولا يمكن الحديث اليوم عن معوقات تركية داخلية من قِبَل أحزاب معارضة أو غيرها بعدما بات معروفا أن أغلب الصلاحيات التنفيذية قد سحبت من البرلمان والحكومة لتتركز في يد رئاسة الجمهورية، حيث يترأس الحكومة رئيس الجمهورية بحسب الدستور المعدل، ناهيك عن مرور المعارضة التركية في أضعف مراحلها في الداخل التركي.

ثالثا: تبنى البعض ممن يعارضون التطبيع لكنهم ممن يناصبون العداء لمحور المقاومة في نفس الوقت، تبنوا بعد تطبيع بعض دول الخليج نظرية مفادها أن تلك الدول ارتمت في حضن كيان الاحتلال خوفا من تصرفات إيران، وهم بهذا تبنوا السردية المشوهة التي قدمتها دول الخليج تلك، وبشكل غير مباشر برروا خطوة التطبيع، والسؤال لهؤلاء اليوم هو كيف يستطيعون التوفيق بين نظريتهم تلك وبين تطبيع السودان والمغرب اللتين تبعدان آلاف الأميال عن إيران، وليس بينهما وبين إيران أي احتكاك مباشر؟ وهل سيبررون التقارب التركي الصهيوني المتوقع بالخوف من إيران أيضا؟

رابعا: كان لافتا خلو معظم تعليقات المحسوبين على التيارات الإسلامية في الإعلام وعلى مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي من أي انتقاد مباشر لحكومة العدالة والتنمية المغربية، وجاءت أغلب التعليقات في إطار القول بأن خطوة التطبيع هذه لا تمثل الشعب المغربي الذي مازال يعدّ الكيان الصهيوني عدوا، ومع إيماننا بصحة هذه المقولات، لكن أين يتم صرف هكذا مقولات في السياسة؟ وهل بات الميول الحزبي أهم من مقتضيات الموقف المبدئي في معادات الكيان الصهيوني؟ أم أن موضة البراغماتية والغاية تبرر الوسيلة واستسهال الاستعانة بالقوى الأجنبية صارت منهجا مستساغا؟

خامسا: كان لافتا التعليق الجزائري الرسمي على تطبيع المغرب بالقول إن الصهاينة باتوا على حدود الجزائر. ولم يعد خافيا أن الإمارات والسعودية وأمريكا مارسوا ضغوط على الجزائر كي تقوم بالتطبيع أولا، عبر التهديد تارة وعبْر الترغيب تارة أخرى، حيث قدمت أمريكا وعود للجزائر باتخاذ موقف من قضية الصحراء أكثر انسجاما مع الموقف الجزائري من هذه القضية، لكن هذه الإغراءات والتهديدات لم تلقَ استجابة جزائرية انسجاما مع مواقف الجزائر القومية والوطنية الملتزمة بالقضايا العربية وعلى رأسها القضية الفلسطينية، وليس مستبعدا في المرحلة القادمة أن يبدأ المحور الصهيوعربي بمحاولات تنفيذ تهديداته للجزائر مستغلين الأراضي المغربية، وربما نشهد محاولات لإشعال تحركات شعبية جزائرية ملونة في المرحلة القادمة بتحريض ودعم خارجيين، وهنا سيكون إعلام البترودولار بشقيه قناة العربية وقناة الجزيرة جاهزا للتحريض وتغذية الفتنة، وكلٌ سيقدم لجمهوره ما يطنب سمعه، فالعربية يمكنها العزف على الوتر الاقتصادي وأما الجزيرة فيمكنها نبش أحداث التسعينيات، وكلاهما سيحاضران في الحريات والديموقراطية متناسيتان أنهما إعلام مشيخات لا تمت للنظم الديموقراطية بصلة.

سادسا وأخيرا: توضح التحركات السياسية في عموم الإقليم يوما بعد يوم مدى سخف النظريات القائلة بأن العداء بين أركان محور المقاومة وبين الكيان الصهيوني ما هو إلا عداء شكلي، ورغم هزالة هكذا طروحات مازال البعض يرددها بكل ثقة، وهنا يمكن القول إن لم ترغب في مساندة محور المقاومة في معركته التي يخوضها ضد الصهيونية والاستكبار العالمي، فأضعف الإيمان أن لا تناصبه العداء، لا سيما بعد ظهور مواقف لأحزاب وتيارات تتعارض والشعارات التي ترفعها تلك الأحزاب تقليديا.

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Some Quick Observations on the Normalization of Relations Between Morocco and The Zionist Entity:

•         It has to be noted that the normalization of relations between Morocco and the Zionist Entity took place under a government coalition led by the Justice and Development party; a party that is associated with the Muslims Brotherhood at the least. The Prime Minister’s statement who is from the JUSTICE and Development Party was shameful, as it supported the Moroccan Monarchy’s move in normalization and only added general expressions    of continued support for the Palestinian cause which is in reality no more than lip-service. This is the same unacceptable justification issued by the Royal Court in Morocco. 

•         There are several reports of recent contacts between Turkey, which is also governed by another Justice and Development Party, and the Zionist Entity with the aim of exchanging ambassadors and improving relations that have not been totally severed in the first place. The justification put forward by some commentators for this that relations between Turkey and the Zionist Entity predates President Erdogan ascending to power and the rule of the Justice and Development Party is no longer convincing, especially after the Turkish constitution was amended and Turkey adopted the presidential system in its governance. In the amended constitution, the President of the Republic has control of Turkey’s foreign policies and full executive powers.

•         Some of those who oppose normalizing the relations with the Zionist Entity, but are hostile to the axis of resistance at the same time, adopted a theory which says that the Gulf countries that normalized relations with the Zionist Entity were forced to do so in fear of Iran’s actions in the region. In doing so, they have adopted the distorted narrative provided by those Gulf countries. Thus, they have inadvertently justified the step of normalization and the actions of those Gulf countries. The question posed for those people today is how can they reconcile   their flawed theory with the normalization of Sudan and Morocco which are located thousands of miles away from Iran? Will they justify the expected Turkish-Zionist rapprochement with fear of Iran as well?

•         It was striking that most of the criticisms of the normalization of relations between Morocco with the Zionist Entity which came from people who are affiliated with the Muslims Brotherhood parties were devoid of any direct criticism of the Government of Justice and Development of Morocco. Most of the comments came in the context of saying that this step of normalization does not represent the Moroccan people, who still consider the Zionist Entity an enemy. Notwithstanding our firm belief in the validity of these sayings, but how can these statements be applied in politics? Has the party affiliation become more important for those than what the principled position from the Zionist entity requires from them? Or have pragmatism and “the means justifies the end” become a palatable approach for those parties?

•         Worth paying attention to the official Algerian statement on the normalization of relations between Morocco and the Zionist Entity, which says that the Zionists have gained a footstep on the borders of Algeria. It has become known that lately the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the US put pressure on Algeria to recognize the Zionist Entity through threats and through temptations at other times. For instance, the US has made promises to Algeria to take a more consistent position with the Algerian position on the Sahara issue. These temptations and threats were rejected by Algeria in lines with Algeria’s national stance of Arab solidarity and commitments to Arab causes. And it is quite likely that in the near future, the newly formed Zionist-Arab axis along with the US would attempt to carry out their regime change threats by pushing for another color-revolution using Morocco as a logistic base. And here the petrodollar media, such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, will be ready to incite and feed sedition. Both of which will use their modus-operandi by lecturing Algerians in freedoms and democracy, while incongruously ignoring the fact that they are themselves funded and governed by totalitarian regimes.

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Palestinians and Sahrawis hope for renewed solidarity after Israel-Morocco deal

Activists have long linked the two people’s struggles, and hope the latest normalisation deal will encourage the Palestinian leadership to do the same

Supporters of the Polisario Front separatist movement hold a banner reading “All for Palestine, all for Western Sahara” during a demonstration at the closing of the World Social Forum (WSF) on 30 March 2013 in Tunis (AFP)

Palestinian and Sahrawi activists have expressed their hope for greater cooperation and solidarity in the wake of the Israel-Morocco normalisation deal, which saw the US recognise Rabat’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara.

Morocco’s move this week to establish diplomatic ties with Israel has been greeted with outrage by Palestinians, coming on the heels of similar recognition deals involving the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.

It has also highlighted the joint struggle for sovereignty and recognition faced by both the Palestinians and Sahrawis against the powerful militaries of Israel and Morocco.

Though links have been made for decades between the two struggles – Rabat claimed Western Sahara in 1957 – those ties have largely been neglected by much of the Palestinian leadership in recent years as it remained close to the Moroccan government.

‘Trump’s announcement will strengthen the bonds of solidarity between the Sahrawis and the Palestinians who were deceived by the fake Moroccan support for the Palestinian cause’

– Nazha el-KhalidiSahrawi activist

Mohamed Ahmed Madi is head of the Palestinian Committee for Solidarity with the Sahrawi People, a group supporting solidarity with Western Sahara and close to the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

In the past, his organisation has faced hurdles from Fatah and Hamas, which rule the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip respectively, in trying to promote cooperation with the Sahrawis.

Currently living in Gaza, Madi told Middle East Eye that he hoped that Morocco’s overt alliance with Israel would make the Palestinian leadership be more sympathetic to the Sahrawi cause.

“The position is that the committee welcomes all positive stances, and we see that Morocco’s step in normalisation is an opportunity for the factions to review their positions,” he said.

“But at the same time we give real consideration to every fixed position and not to fluctuating positions that move according to circumstances.”

A Moroccan army vehicles drives in Guerguerat, located in the Western Sahara, on 26 November 2020 (AFP)
A Moroccan army vehicles in Guerguerat, in Western Sahara, on 26 November 2020 (AFP)

Palestinian and Sahrawi solidarity activism has a long history.

The PFLP was always a vocal supporter of the Polisario Front, the organisation that controls much of Western Sahara and has been engaged in a decades-long political (and sometimes armed) struggle against Morocco for Sahrawi independence.

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إنه المغرب لا تستهينوا

التعليق السياسي

مع الإعلان عن انضمام المغرب الى ركب دول التطبيع مع كيان الاحتلال، بعد حصوله على إعلان أميركي يعترف بسيادة المغرب على الصحراء الغربية، يشهد المسار التطبيعيّ مرحلة جديدة، فما سبق من حلقات التطبيع استهدف دولاً ليست فيها حركة نخبويّة وشعبيّة متبلورة بأطر ومنتديات لها وزن وحضور اجتماعي وإعلامي وسياسي تحت عنوان مقاومة التطبيع.

في المغرب تاريخ من العلاقات الرسمية بين حكومات ومؤسسات حكوميّة في المغرب وكيان الاحتلال وتاريخ موازٍ من النضال العريق والمتجذّر ضد التطبيع ومواجهات حكوميّة أمنيّة وقضائية مع الحركة الشاملة لمواجهة التطبيع على المستويات الإعلامية والسياحية والفنية والثقافية والرياضية والمتربصة بجهوزية دائمة لكل حدث تتسرّب منه روائح التطبيع.

قرار انضمام المغرب للمسار التطبيعيّ سيفجّر المغرب رغم محاولة تسويقه بالحصول على دعم أميركيّ لحسم الصراع حول هوية الصحراء أسوة بالتسويق الذي جرى في السودان لاعتبار التطبيع ثمناً مقبولاً لرفع اسم السودان عن لوائح الإرهاب. فالحركة النضالية لمقاومة التطبيع بامتداداتها الثقافيّة والشعبيّة صارت من اليوم هدفاً للالتزام الحكومي وفقاً لنصوص اتفاقيات التطبيع بتحمل الحكومة مسؤولية ملاحقة كل مَن ينادي بالعداء لكيان الاحتلال والتطبيع معه بصفته إرهابياً وخارجاً عن القانون.

المواجهة داخل المغرب ستشهد تصاعداً سيطغى على اخبار التطبيع ومخطئ مَن يعتقد أن في المغرب مزاج شعبي قابل للتخلي عن المكانة التي أظهرتها القضية الفلسطينية لحضورها في التظاهرات المليونيّة المميّزة عام 2000.

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السلطة صمتت عن تطبيع الرباط مع الاحتلال.. وحماس اعتبرته «خطيئة سياسيّة»!؟


عُمان ترحّب باتفاق تطبيع العلاقات بين المغرب والكيان الصهيونيّ

انتقد الكاتب والمحلل السياسي الفلسطيني هاني المصري صمت السلطة الفلسطينية إزاء التطبيع المغربيّ الذي أُعلن عنه الخميس.

وقال المصري الذي يرأس مركز أبحاث السياسات والدراسات الاستراتيجية (مسارات) في رام الله: «صمت القبور رسمي فلسطيني إزاء تطبيع المغرب، بعد وصف ما قامت به الإمارات والبحرين بالخيانة وطعنة بالظهر وسحب السفراء إلى إعادتهما بعد عودة العلاقات الفلسطينية الإسرائيلية والتنسيق الأمني».

وأضاف المصري في منشور عبر صفحته على «فيسبوك»: «يوجد مكان لموقف وإجراءات بين الخيانة والصمت المريب!».

من جهتها، اعتبرت حركة «حماس» أن اتفاق تطبيع العلاقات بين المغرب والكيان الصهيوني هو «خطيئة سياسيّة».

وقال المتحدث باسم الحركة، حازم قاسم، عبر تويتر: «إن الاحتلال يستغلّ كل حالات التطبيع لزيادة شراسة سياسته العدوانيّة ضد شعبنا الفلسطيني وتوسيع تغوّله الاستيطاني على أرضنا».

وأكد أن «التطبيع يشجّع الاحتلال على استمرار تنكره لحقوق شعبنا، ولا يخدم بالمطلق قضيتنا العادلة ولا القضايا الوطنية للدول المُطبّعة».

وفي سياق متصل، رحّبت سلطنة عُمان، أمس الجمعة، باتفاق تطبيع العلاقات بين المغرب والعدو الصهيوني.

جاء ذلك وفق بيان لوزارة الخارجية العمانية، غداة إعلان الولايات المتحدة والمغرب استئناف العلاقات الدبلوماسيّة بين الرباط وتل أبيب.

وأفاد البيان بـ»ترحب سلطنة عُمان بما أعلنه جلالة الملك محمد السادس عاهل المغرب الشقيق في اتصالاته الهاتفيّة بكل من الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب ورئيس السلطة الفلسطينيّة محمود عباس».

وأضاف: «تأمل سلطنة عُمان أن يعزّز ذلك من مساعي وجهود تحقيق السلام الشامل والعادل والدائم في الشرق الأوسط».

وسلطنة عُمان رابع دولة عربية ترحّب بالتطبيع بين المغرب والكيان الصهيوني، بعد مصر والإمارات والبحرين.

ومساء الخميس، أعلن الملك المغربي استئناف الاتصالات الرسمية الثنائية والعلاقات الدبلوماسية مع الكيان الصهيوني «في أقرب الآجال»، وفق بيان صدر عن الديوان الملكي.

لكنه شدّد على أن ذلك «لا يمسّ بأي حال من الأحوال، الالتزام الدائم والموصول للمغرب في الدفاع عن القضية الفلسطينية العادلة، وانخراطه البناء من أجل إقرار سلام عادل ودائم في منطقة الشرق الأوسط».

وبإعلان اليوم سيكون المغرب الدولة المغاربية الوحيدة التي تقيم علاقات مع الكيان الصهيوني إثر قطع موريتانيا علاقاتها مع تل أبيب في 2010، وهو ما يعتبر اختراقاً صهيونياً لافتاً لمنطقة المغرب العربي.

كما سيصبح المغرب رابع دولة عربية توافق على التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني خلال العام 2020؛ بعد الإمارات والبحرين والسودان.

وفي 15 سبتمبر/أيلول الماضي، وقعت الإمارات والبحرين اتفاقيتين للتطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني في واشنطن، فيما أعلن السودان، في 23 أكتوبر/تشرين أول الماضي، الموافقة على التطبيع تاركاً مسؤولية إبرام الاتفاق إلى المجلس التشريعي المقبل (لم يُنتخب بعد).

وبذلك، تنضمّ هذه البلدان الأربعة إلى بلدين عربيين أبرما اتفاقي سلام مع الكيان الصهيوني، وهما الأردن ومصر.

وكان الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترمب أعلن، أول أمس الخميس، عن تطبيع العلاقات بين إسرائيل» والمغرب في مقابل اعتراف أميركا بسيادة المغرب على الصحراء الغربية.

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Algerian PM Warns against “Zionist Desire to Come Closer to Borders”

 December 12, 2020

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad warned on Saturday against Zionist desire to come closer to the country’s borders.

He criticized “foreign maneuvers” he said were aimed to destabilize Algeria, a day after Washington recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for Rabat normalizing ties with Zionist entity.

“There are foreign maneuvers which aim to destabilize Algeria,” Djerad said, in Algeria’s first reaction to the US decision.

“There is now a desire by the Zionist entity to come closer to our borders,” he added, in reference to Israel.

Algeria, Morocco’s neighbor and regional rival, is said to be the key foreign backer of the Polisario Front, which has campaigned for independence for the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara since the 1970s.

“We are seeing today at our borders… wars and instability around Algeria,” Djerad said, in a speech to mark the anniversary of demonstrations against French colonial rule.

The surprise announcement by outgoing President Donald Trump on Thursday of US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara was swiftly dismissed by the Polisario, who have vowed to fight on until Moroccan forces withdraw.

Source: Agencies

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Israel and Morocco to normalise ties as US recognises Rabat’s claim to Western Sahara

North African kingdom the fourth Arab state to build full diplomatic relations with Israel in four months

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI (AFP)

By Oscar RickettDaniel Hilton

Published date: 10 December 2020 16:22 UTC

Israel and Morocco will normalise ties and the United States is to recognise Western Sahara as part of the North African kingdom, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.

Morocco becomes the fourth Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel in four months, following the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.

“Today, I signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara. Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for a just and lasting solution for enduring peace and prosperity!” Trump tweeted.

In a separate tweet, the president then added: “Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the deal as “another great light of peace”.

The Polisario Front, an independence movement from Western Sahara, a disputed desert territory, said it “regrets highly” Trump’s decision but will continue its struggle.

Morocco’s Royal Court said King Mohammed VI had called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and reiterated his commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Previous relations

Though Israel and Morocco have not had full diplomatic ties since the former’s founding in 1948, they have nonetheless shared relations and intelligence.

Morocco and Israel began low-level ties in 1993 after the latter reached a peace agreement with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation as part of the Oslo Accords. But Rabat suspended relations with Israel after the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

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Around half a million Moroccan Jews live in Israel, and Israelis are known to occasionally visit the kingdom, and Netanyahu said he expects direct flights to begin soon.

In recent years, King Mohammed VI has encouraged the restoration and preservation of his country’s Jewish heritage, which Moroccan Jewish Israelis have participated in.

Moroccan activists have highlighted frequent steps towards the normalisation of relations with Israel, which the government has denied or remained silent about.

In February, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu had lobbied the United States to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara in exchange for Rabat taking steps to normalise ties with Israel. 

A few months later, Amnesty International revealed that Israeli spyware was used to target Moroccan activists. 

Territorial claims

Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, confirmed that recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara is linked to kingdom’s normalisation with Israel.

“It also could possibly break the logjam to help advance the issues in the Western Sahara where we want the Polisario people to have a better opportunity to live a better life,” Kushner told reporters on Thursday.

“The president felt like this conflict was holding them back as opposed to bring it forward. This recognition will strengthen America’s relationship with Morocco.”

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Its indigenous population has fiercely rejected Moroccan control, however, and between 1975 and 1991 the Polisario Front fought an insurgency against Rabat’s presence.

Polisario estimates the indigenous population of Western Sahara to be between 350,000 and 500,000 and has long called for their right to a referendum on independence, something that has also been promised by UN resolutions. 

Polisario has repeatedly accused Morocco of exploiting the region’s natural resources while half of its population await a referendum in camps and in exile. 

Last month, Moroccan forces and Polisario fighters clashed over a protest blocking a highway into Mauritania, with the Sahrawi movement declaring the 1991 ceasefire over.

Morocco’s Royal Court said the US will open a consulate in the Western Sahara. Last month, Bahrain, which normalised ties with Israel in September, also said it was opening a consulate in the territory.

Trump’s announcement was denounced by Sahrawis.

“The Polisario and Sahrawi government condemn in the strongest terms the fact that outgoing American President Donald Trump attributes to Morocco something which does not belong” to the country, said the Sahrawi information ministry in a statement to AFP.

Ahmed Ettanji, a journalist and activist in Western Sahara’s Laayoune, told Middle East Eye that the move was a blatant tit-for-tat strategy. 

“It’s like an exchange: supporting the so-called Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for political recognition of Israel,” Ettanji said.  

‘We were shocked when we saw Trump’s tweet. At the same time, it’s not something new. As a Sahrawi, I’ve seen the US back Morocco for many decades’

– Ahmed Ettanji, Sahrawi journalist and activist

“We were shocked when we saw Trump’s tweet. At the same time, it’s not something new. As a Sahrawi, I’ve seen the US back Morocco for many decades. But there is some hope that the next administration will be different.”

Sahrawi activist Mohamed Elbaikam said the announcement had been anticipated.

“We believe that this position is an attempt to bypass international law and all its principles,” he told MEE.

“We believe that the next US administration led by [Joe] Biden will correct the American position, just as the American people will not accept it.”

Mahmoud Lemaadel, a Sahrawi citizen journalist, told MEE Trump’s announcement was like “the blind leading the blind”.

US Congresswoman Betty McCollum, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian human rights, also denounced Trump’s move to recognise Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara.

“I condemn Trump’s unilateral recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara in exchange for Morocco’s diplomatic recognition of Israel,” McCollum wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “The Sahrawi people have an internationally recognized right to self-determination that must be respected.”

Jim Inhofe, a senior Republican Senator who supports the people of Western Sahara’s push for self-determination, accused Trump of “trading the rights of a voiceless people” to secure the Morocco-Israel deal.

“Today’s White House announcement alleging Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara is shocking and deeply disappointing. I am saddened that the rights of the Western Saharan people have been traded away,” Inhofe said in a statement.

War on Want, an anti-poverty charity based in London, warned that the move was “not about peacebuilding”. 

“It’s a cynical attempt to rally repressive regimes around some of their most egregious policies: military occupation and human rights abuse,” Ryvka Barnard, the group’s senior campaigner, said in a statement on Thursday. 

“President Trump calls this announcement a ‘breakthrough’, but it comes on the back of the recent Moroccan breach of a decades-old ceasefire in occupied Western Sahara, as well as Israel’s ongoing expansion of illegal settlements, destruction of Palestinian homes and structures, and lethal violence against Palestinian civilians, including children,” Barnard said. 

“This move smacks of the colonial mindset that carved up the world at the expense of its inhabitants & seeks to normalise injustice.”

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Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

September 25, 2020

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

This week, a third Arab country has reportedly agreed to submit to Washington’s pressure to normalize relations with the Zionist state. This was very much expected and I’m sure it didn’t catch most observers by surprise. In the end, I expect most of the shameful Arab League to submit since it is known that most of them have had secret dealings with the Zionist state since many years, if not decades ago. So why come out of the closet now? What is the purpose of these “peace agreements?”

Personal I find it rather humorous that they are calling these deals “peace agreements” since peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other. But the purpose of these deals are unfortunately not to make us laugh, but to intimidate.

Washington has realized that it cannot remain in the Middle East for ever. This is not because the Islamic Republic of Iran has vowed to expel them, but because reality has finally caught up to them. They are hated in this region, every act of terror that they commit against the people of this region, be it through sanctions or bombs- will attract more support for the Resistance Axis, the only force that truly fights them in the Middle East.

Moreover, their own people have grown tired of these constant wars and acts of terror overseas, and with a 22 trillion dollar debt, their economy is no longer what it used to be. On top of that, they’ve been humiliated by their own allies on the world stage, who refuse to re-impose sanctions and embargoes on the Islamic Republic – despite the constant threats issued by the likes of Mike Pompeo.

Taking a step back from its traditional role of lead terrorizer of the world is also an outspoken foreign policy issue for US President Donald Trump. Trump has on many occasions made it clear that he considers many of Washington’s allies to be “free-riding” on Washington’s “generosity”. He has repeatedly told his NATO allies that they “must pay” for Washington’s supposed protection. The same has been said about Washington’s Persian Gulf vassals. I know some people would say these statements by Trump are just excuses to redeploy US troops closer to Russia and China, but if we play with the idea that Trump perhaps isn’t the 5-dimensional chess player that some believe him to be, I would say this:

Trump has been an outspoken critic of Washington’s role in the Middle East. He even admitted himself that Washington has killed “hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East” and that “the single greatest mistake we ever made was to go to the Middle East”.

So this takes us back to the so called “peace agreements”. Both the timing and the way they were presented by the media gives us many clues as to what Washington’s intentions are. Western diplomats, think tanks and journalists have been quick to call the “peace agreements” a “nightmare for Iran” and a “a major geo-strategic shift in the region”. Brian Hook, the former US State Department’s lead official on Iran, said the “agreement amounted to a ‘nightmare’ for Iran in its efforts against Israel in the region.” But why? What is their reasoning?

At first glance, if one were to follow the Western narrative, it would seem that Washington’s allies have all united against the Islamic Republic and now stand to offer a collective deterrence against Iran. But anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of Middle Eastern politics would reach the same conclusions that were stated above – peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other.

Of course the timing for President Trump is also perfect. A few months before the US elections, he presents his own version of the Camp David Accords, which resulted in the normalization of relations between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He will certainly portray this as a great political victory for him at home.

But what Washington is really doing is merely posturing. This is what they’ve been doing for over 4 decades against the Islamic Republic. For Washington this will be a great way to exit the region without being thrown out and without compromising Israel’s security. But they’re not kidding themselves, they know that nothing has changed and that this is just more of a PR stunt than it is a “diplomatic coup”. Let’s be honest, no country will ever fear Bahrain or the UAE, and Washington knows this. Collectively the Arab League’s military forces would offer little resistance in a regional war against the Resistance Axis. These are the same Arab League armies that cannot even defeat the Houthis in Yemen despite massive Western assistance. Not only are they extremely incompetent, as proven on multiple occasions in Yemen where the Saudi Air Force has bombed their own forces on the ground, but they are also cowards, again proven in Yemen where Saudi forces have been filmed abandoning their superior US-made vehicles and running away from the field of battle.

It would seem that Washington’s eventual withdrawal from the Middle East is to the detriment of Israel’s interests rather than to the benefit. Unless of course we forget that Israel possesses nuclear weapons and that it probably won’t be long before the US and Israel will arm Saudi Arabia with Nuclear Weapons to target Iran. But still, the secret dealings between Israel and “some Arab states” as Zionist Chieftain Benjamin Netanyahu said years ago, the not-so-secret Israeli Nuclear Weapons arsenal and the fact that Washington’s potential “taking a step back” policy does not really mean that it wouldn’t come to the aid of Israel in a matter of minutes, don’t really strike anyone in the region as “shocking news”.

So what have these “Peace Agreements” really shown us? Nothing really. We all knew this day would come eventually. They were cautious when they sent the UAE and Bahrain out of the closet first, dipping their toes into the water to see the reaction of the people in the region. Seeing how the Arab league and most other countries didn’t really react with outrage, they are now sending more countries to step out and admit their shameful alliance with Israel. Really, the only thing that the Gulf monarchies have achieved is to write their own names into the history books as the shameful allies of a terrorist state. We have yet to see [at the time of writing 2020-09-25] which country will be the “third Arab state” to sign the agreement with the Zionist state, but it matters not, camps were chosen long ago despite not having been declared officially by some countries.

My bets are on Morocco by the way.

Normalisation with Israel: Where do Middle Eastern countries stand?


Since the UAE-Israel deal was announced last week, states in the region have felt pressured to declare their stance on establishing diplomatic ties with Israel

An Algerian demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against the 2014 Israeli military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip and in solidarity with Palestinians, on 25 July 2014 in the capital Algiers (AFP)

By MEE staff

Published date: 19 August 2020

Since the UAE and Israel announced last week that they had reached a deal officially establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries, the reaction in the Middle East has been split.

Some Arab countries have expressed support for the UAE-Israel agreement publicly, with BahrainOman and Egypt among the first countries in the world to welcome the deal without reservations.

Bahrain and Oman are expected by Israel to follow in the Emirati footsteps – whereas Egypt has had full diplomatic relations with Israel since 1980.

Others have meanwhile either refrained from commenting or denounced the deal as a normalisation of ties with Israel at the expense of the Palestinian cause, essentially giving Israel a green light to pursue its occupation policies. 

Beyond bilateral ties between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, the question has now been raised regarding which countries – if any – might follow suit.

The administration of US President Donald Trump, which brokered the deal, has hinted that other Arab states might do so.

But in a region where most countries have abstained for decades from having overt relations with Israel, and where civil society is widely perceived as being opposed to normalisation – where do some states stand? 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan cautiously welcomed normalisation on Wednesday, saying the deal – which “suspended” Israeli annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank – “could be viewed as positive.”

“We are committed to the Arab Peace Plan and that is the best way forward to a settlement of the conflict and to normalisation with Israel with all states,” the Saudi foreign minister told reporters in Berlin. “That said, any efforts that could promote peace in the region and that result in holding back the threat of annexation could be viewed as positive.”

The Arab Peace Initiative – sponsored by Saudi Arabia in 2002 – promises Israel full ties with Arab states if a peace settlement is reached with the Palestinians.

Saudi state media has so far published views in favour of the UAE decision, which likely points to Riyadh’s own tolerance to such opinions. The daily Okaz newspaper, for example, published a column that hailed the normalisation deal as reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin wall. 

While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is largely viewed as favourable to normalisation, his father, King Salman, has so far maintained a more moderate view nominally more supportive of Palestinian statehood.

Trump said on Wednesday that he expected Saudi Arabia to join the UAE-Israel deal.

“I do,” Trump replied when asked at a White House news conference if he expected the kingdom Arabia to join the deal.

The US president called the UAE-Israel accord a good deal and said that “countries that you wouldn’t even believe want to come into that deal.” 

He did not name any other countries besides Saudi Arabia.


The Sudanese government on Wednesday sacked a foreign ministry spokesman, following his praise of the UAE-Israel deal. 

Spokesman Haydar Sadig made comments to regional media and confirmed them to news agencies on Tuesday, calling the deal “a brave and bold step” and noting that Khartoum and Tel Aviv already have secret diplomatic contacts.

The foreign ministry said it was “astonished” by Sadig’s comments, and stressed that the government had not discussed the possibility of diplomatic relations.

Israel’s intelligence chief Yossi Cohen, however, contradicted the Sudanese statements later on Wednesday, saying his government is in contact with Sudan and that normalisation is “part of the agenda” of their diplomatic relations. 

Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s ruling council, and reportedly discussed normalisation. 

The meeting at the time was viewed by Sudanese analysts as an attempt by Khartoum to get into Washington’s good graces and obtain the lifting of crippling US sanctions. 


Oman’s foreign minister, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, spoke with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi on Monday, days after the United Arab Emirates announced plans to normalise ties with Israel. 

The two officially reportedly spoke about the “need to strengthen relations” and “agreed to maintain direct and continual contact” and “continue the important dialogue between the two countries to advance the process of normalisation” in the region, a statement read.

However, bin Abdullah was replaced on Wednesday after 23 years as foreign minister – leading to some speculation. However, analysts have stopped short of saying the move was caused by the call with Ashkenazi, particularly given the fact that bin Abdullah had already publicly called for normalisation in the past.


Lebanese President Michel Aoun initially commented on the deal by saying that “the UAE is a sovereign state” and that he did not rule out future peace with Israel once the roots of the conflict between Beirut and Tel Aviv are settled. 

In other statements, however, he said that he “did not call for peace with Israel” because of the continued Israeli occupation of Lebanese lands, as well as the unresolved issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. 

Lebanon and Israel effectively consider one another enemy states, particularly due to Israel’s occupation of south Lebanon for 18 years, and the Israeli war with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement in 2006.

Should the country’s leadership feel tempted to contemplate normalisation with Israel, they would, however, have to contend with further anger from an already incensed Lebanese public in the wake of a stark economic crisis compounded by the devastation wrought earlier this month by a double explosion in Beirut.


While Kuwait has not made an official statement about the deal, an unnamed official told local newspaper al-Qabas  that his country’s long-standing stance against normalisation remains unchanged.

“Our stance on Israel has not changed following the UAE normalisation agreement, and we will be the last to normalise relations,” the senior official was quoted as saying.

In response to the statements, Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the US president, criticised Kuwait’s stance as “not very constructive” and “a very radical view of the conflict in favour of the Palestinians”.

In the absence of an official statement, Kuwaiti non-governmental organisations and MPs have rejected normalisation. More than 30 NGOs described the agreement as “a dagger stuck in the Palestinian cause and in the back of Arab society”.


While the Algerian government has not yet issued an official statement, several political parties and civil society organisations have condemned the agreement.

The conservative Freedom and Justice Party dismissed the deal as a “betrayal” and a “crime” against the Palestinian cause.

Similarly, the National Liberation Front described it as “treason” and “a stab in the back” of Palestinians.

Algerians are widely viewed as some of the most staunch supporters of the Palestinian cause in the region.


Morocco has yet to officially comment on the deal, but Rabat is one of many governments in the region known to have not-so-secret dealings with Israel.

Earlier this year, Amnesty International revealed that Israeli spyware was used to target Moroccan activists. Meanwhile, Israeli media reported in February that Netanyahu had lobbied the United States to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara region in exchange for Rabat taking steps to normalise ties with Israel.

Meanwhile, Moroccan writers and scholars nominated for the Sheikh Zayed Book Award – scheduled to be held in the UAE early next year – have announced their withdrawal in protest against the normalisation agreement.


Jacob Cohen: “The Zionists Have Become Masters in The Art of Propaganda”

By Mohsen Abdelmoumen


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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the annexation of the West Bank this July 1?

Jacob Cohen: The Zionist regime is not crazy enough to annex the entire West Bank, because then it would have to naturalize all Palestinians. It only wants to annex the “useful” West Bank, i.e. the Jordan Valley, thus preventing a possible Palestinian State to control its own borders and the large Jewish settlement blocs. It would thus continue to have a submissive and cheap labor force at its disposal, and the cooperation of a docile Palestinian police force to maintain colonial order.

It is not sure that this annexation will take place on July 1. Zionists are pragmatic people and know how to step back to jump better.

But in any case, annexation or not, the Zionists will never give up these territories they claim. The Jordan Valley is already implicitly recognized to them by all the great powers, even Russia, to ensure “the security of Israel”. And no one can imagine that the Zionist regime would bring 700,000 settlers below the Green Line.

These are the main lines of a possible Israeli-Palestinian agreement, and the Palestinian Authority pretends to believe, madly or stupidly, that it could recover the whole of the West Bank.

How do you explain that twenty ministers of the Israeli government are of Moroccan origin? Israeli security and defense companies are based in Morocco. How do you analyze these facts? Is not Morocco a real launching pad for the normalization policy advocated by the Zionist entity of Israel?

Only ten ministers have a distant connection with Morocco, which they do not care about. It is the Judeo-Zionist lobby in Morocco, led by the “sayan” (Mossad agent) André Azoulay, advisor to the monarchy for forty years, who does everything to maintain the illusion of perfect understanding between Morocco and its former Jewish citizens. Everything is done in Morocco to rekindle an almost extinguished flame. This to allow the visit of Israelis to Morocco, tourists, artists, businessmen, to push towards an official normalization of Israeli-Moroccan relations.

It is true that Morocco, since the installation of Mossad in that country in the 1950s to send Moroccan Jews to Israel, and the agreement obtained from Hassan II in 1961 for this purpose, is Israel’s de facto ally and support for its legitimization in the Arab world. In 1986, in the middle of the Intifada, the King received with great pomp the Israeli leaders Rabin and Peres.

Furthermore Morocco, on the other hand, which needs American diplomatic support to ensure its stranglehold on Western Sahara, does everything possible to please Israel, whose influence on American institutions is known.

How do you explain the strategic redeployment of the Zionist entity of Israel throughout Africa?

This redeployment had begun in the fields of construction and agriculture as early as the 1960s, after African independences. A redeployment stopped by the June 1967 war and the military occupation of vast Arab territories. The non-aligned movement at the time was still very influential.

The Oslo Accords restored some good repute to the Zionist regime, because it was assumed that it would give a State to the Palestinians in the long run.

Africa from the 1990s was no longer this non-aligned bloc sensitive to a form of international justice. It had joined the globalist circuit and security issues had become paramount.

Israel had become an important and feared partner. Did it not contribute to the amputation of the southern part of Sudan? Its networks in East Africa are very active and their strike force is well known.

Finally, little by little, the Zionist regime has managed, something inconceivable 20 years ago, to win the diplomatic support of many African countries in crucial votes in international institutions.

Algeria is one of the few countries that does not recognize Israel. Doesn’t Algeria still remain a permanent target of the Zionist entity of Israel?

All Arab countries are a permanent target of the Zionist entity. Even countries that submit are not definitively spared. Thus, even Morocco is not immune to Mossad’s attempts to stir up separatism in the Berber areas. If for no other reason than to keep the pressure on this country and make it understand that it has an interest in keeping its nose clean.

Let us remember the fate of Iraq and Syria, which the Zionist regime contributed to destroying.

Algeria will not escape the Zionist vindictiveness, which will try to reach it in one way or another. But this country is far away, not very sensitive to foreign influence, sitting on a large income, with a long history of national resistance, and a strong sense of patriotism. This is what makes it one of the few countries to stand up to the Zionist entity. And because of its geographical position and size, it is a country that is essential to regional security and therefore preserved.

We know the weight of the Zionist lobby in the United States through AIPAC. What is the weight of the Zionist lobby in Europe?

No difference except from a formal point of view. In the United States, the Zionist lobby has a legal existence, with its recognized networks of influence, its buildings in Washington and elsewhere, its congresses, where any candidate for an important post, be it senator or president, must appear and express his support to Israel.

Whereas in Europe, the lobby is more discreet but no less effectivePractically all European countries have banned the BDS movement, and adopted the definition of anti-Semitism proposed by a Jewish organization fighting against the “Shoah”. With this in particular that any criticism of Israel is equated with anti-Semitism. European countries have not even been able to implement their resolution to label products that come from the Zionist settlements in the West Bank.

In France, at the CRIF (note: Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France) dinner, the entire establishment of the French Republic, including the President, bowed down and received instructions from the Judeo-Zionist lobby.

The European Union has set up a body to combat anti-Semitism headed by the German Katharina Von Schnurbein. How do you explain the fact that the European Union is setting up a body to defend Israel’s interests with European taxpayers’ money and that there is no hesitation in condemning all those who are against the criminal and fascist policies of Israel by calling them anti-Semites?

“Antisemitism” has been an extraordinary discovery of the Judeo-Zionist lobby in Europe. Of course, we know the history of the Second World War. But for the past 30 years or so, this lobby has been working hard to make it the greatest scourge of the 21st century. A few arranged or staged attacks, a few so-called verbal aggressions, a few desecrations that come in at the right time, a swastika lost here or there, and all the media networks are being used to make it look like there’s a resurgence of anti-Semitism. European governments are under pressure. They cannot afford any weakness.

But from criticism of Israel, we move on to anti-Semitism. The argument is fallacious, but it works. When you criticize Israel, you stir up “hatred” against that country and European Jewish citizens, and thus anti-Semitic aggression. Therefore, Israel should not be criticized. Anti-Zionism becomes an offense because it is equated with anti-Semitism. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are banned because they lead to anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism has become a kind of blank cheque given to the Zionists to do whatever they like in Palestine without being worried, condemned or criticized.

You are a great anti-Zionist activist and a defender of the just cause of the Palestinian people. In your book “Le printemps des Sayanim” (The Spring of the Sayanim), you talk about the role of the sayanim in the world. Can you explain to our readership what sayanim are and what exactly is their role?

The “sayanim”, in Hebrew “those who help”, are Jews who live outside Israel and who, by Zionist patriotism, collaborate with the Mossad in their fields of activity.

They were created as early as 1959 by the Mossad chief at the time, Méir Amit. They’re probably between 40,000 and 50,000. Victor Ostrovsky, a former Mossad agent and refugee in Canada, talks about it for certain cases. He estimated that in the 1980s, in London alone, there were 3,000 sayanim.

What is their utility? Mossad recruits sayanim who work voluntarily in all major areas. For example, the media: these Jewish journalists or press bosses around the world will orient information in such a way as to favor Israel at the expense of Arabs.

In the United States, the Jewish power in the film industry is well known. Just an example. In 1961, Hollywood produced the film “Exodus” with Paul Newman, which tells the story of the birth of Israel in 1948 from a Zionist point of view. This film has shaped Western consciousness for at least a generation.

The same could be said for the financial institutions based in New York and dominated by Judeo-Zionists.

In France, advertising, publishing, the press, television, university, etc. are more or less controlled by “sayanim”.

It is therefore easy to understand the Zionist lobby’s strike force, a strike force that remains moreover invisible.

Isn’t Zionism, which is the direct product of the Talmud and the Jewish Kabbalah, an ideology that is both racist and fascist?

If we take Zionism in its political sense, that is, in the nationalist vision of the political movements of the 19th century, it was a secular and progressive ideology. It had seduced tens of thousands of activists, particularly in Russia and Poland, who sought to realize their revolutionary ideal outside the progressive movements of the time. They wanted to transform the Jewish people, to make it “normal”.

Despite these characteristics, these activists, upon arriving in Palestine, had excluded the Arabs from their national project from the outset. The seeds of racism were already planted. The Arabs had to be expelled or got rid of somehow. Even the kibbutzim, the flagships of “Zionist socialism”, did not admit Arabs within them.

Wars and conquests, especially of the “biblical” cities in the West Bank, have plunged Israeli society into a messianic fascism and racism that no longer even hide. The latest “Law on the Nation of the Jewish People” clearly establishes racist elements, such as the possibility for a Jewish municipality to refuse Arab inhabitants, even though they have Israeli nationality.

Doesn’t the just cause of the Palestinian people need a more intense mobilization in the face of the criminal offensives of the fascist Israeli colonial army? Don’t you think that the role of BDS is very important to counter Israeli fascism?

For the reasons I mentioned earlier, the Zionist regime has managed to stifle, at least in part, the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people. As far as the media and relations with the governments of the major powers are concerned, the balance is tipped in favor of Zionism. That’s a fact. Even the majority of Arab countries, for reasons that cannot be confessed, are turning away from it.

BDS is an extraordinary weapon, but as I said, it is increasingly banned in the West because it is considered as an ” anti-Semitic ” movement. It’s absurd, sure, but it’s so. Example: Germany withdrew a European prize from a woman writer because she had tweeted pro-BDS a few months before.

How do you explain that at a time when freedom-loving Westerners support BDS, Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Qatar, etc. are normalizing their relations with the Zionist entity of Israel as part of the “deal of the century” spearheaded by Jared Kushner?

Historically, these monarchies have never supported the Palestinians, or at least with lip service, because they feared the revolutionary potential of the Palestinian movements in the 60s and 70s. The Arab world was then divided between “conservatives” and “progressives”. Following the example of Hassan II mentioned above, these monarchies were just waiting for the historic opportunity to normalize their relations with the Zionist regime. It is in their interest, the interest of the castes in power. We have seen what could happen to nationalist or progressive Arab regimes (Iraq, Syria, Libya). They were given a choice: fall in line and collaborate with Israel or some “Daesh” or separatist movements will drop on them. These monarchs do not have the suicidal instinct for a Palestine that has become an increasingly evanescent myth.

What is your opinion about the infamous blockade that the Palestinian people are suffering in Gaza while the world is in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic?

The Zionist regime is submitting the people of Gaza to a concentration camp quasi-regime. Why quasi? Because the Zionist conqueror remains just below, cynically and intelligently, the level that could no longer leave the world indifferent. The blockade is not hermetic, allowing to pass through it in dribs and drabs at the occupant’s discretion, just enough to not sink. The fishing area is reduced or increased so as to keep this sword of Damocles on any fisherman who dares to go out. Electricity is limited to a few hours a day. Information from the inside is reduced, travels are limited. Israel even took the liberty about two years ago of banning European parliamentarians from entering the Gaza Strip. All the more so as Egypt’s complicity makes it possible to maintain this situation, and the Palestinian Authority withhold all payments to officials in Gaza. The world is given the impression that the Gazans are struggling, indeed, but that they had something to do with it, because they launch a few rockets from time to time and Hamas is considered a “terrorist” organization. The Zionists have become masters in the art of propaganda, with the complicity of Western governments. And Gaza is paying a terrible price.

You have been threatened and attacked on several occasions, including by the LDJ (Jewish Defense League), for supporting the cause of the Palestinian people and for being anti-Zionist. How do you explain the fact that in France, a country that prides itself on being a State governed by the rule of law and which is a champion of human rights and freedom of speech, fascist militias like Betar (note: radical Zionist Jewish youth movement), LDJ, CRIF, which defend the interests of Israel can act with impunity?

First there is the history of the Second World War and the Vichy regime, which leaves a sense of guilt, a feeling cleverly exploited by the Judeo-Zionist lobby with the multiplication of films on the Shoah which are shown over and over again on French channels.

Then there is the action of the “sayanim” very presents in the media and other institutions, and who terrorize, the word is not too strong, all those who deviate even a little. Take Dieudonné (note: French humorist, actor and political activist), he has been made the devil to such an extent that he can be assassinated with impunity. On the other hand, saying two or three wrong words to Eric Zemmour (note: French political journalist, writer, essayist and polemicist) in the street, and the President of the Republic calls him on the phone for 40 minutes.

Finally, there is great cowardice on the part of French intellectuals, journalists and politicians who do not say what they think. The fear of the CRIF is paralyzing them. Remember Etienne Chouard, a very famous intellectual who became well known during the referendum on Europe in 2005 and for his support for Yellow Vests. He was summoned to explain himself about the gas chambers on the site “Le Média“. The unfortunate man tried to clear out. He’s been bombarded with insults. He went to apologize on “Sud Radio“. He has since lost all credibility.

How do you explain the fact that all the media remain silent about the crimes of the Zionist entity of Israel and do not give voice to people like you? Where is the freedom of speech those western countries brag about? In your opinion, doesn’t the mass media serve an oligarchy?

Modern media are not supposed to track down the truth and proclaim it. See the way they treated covid19 and big-pharma. See also the coverage of Presidents Trump and Putin by these media, or the Syrian case. The major media belong either to the State (public radio and television) or to the financial oligarchies, all of which are, as I have shown, close to the interests of the Zionist lobby. So, when they boast about being free and promoting freedom of speech, they’re just self-promotion by brazenly lying. Moreover, the tendency in the name of this “freedom to inform” is to track down the so-called fake news, in fact the information that don’t fit the mould. And as long as this balance of power lasts, the crimes of the Zionist entity will be silenced or diminished, and the rights of the Palestinian people will be ignored.

In your opinion, weren’t the Oslo Accords a big scam that harmed the Palestinians by depriving them of their rights?

The Oslo Accords were one of the finest diplomatic scams of the century. With the Palestinians’ consent. In a SM (sadomasochistic) relationship, the master and the slave freely assume their role. The Zionist master found in Arafat the ideal slave to play the role.

I say this with great sadness and rage. But the reality is there. Arafat disappeared from the international scene in 1992. When Rabin beckons him, he no longer holds back. He was about to come back into the limelight.

It’s Rabbi’s stroke of genius. Israel was in a very difficult, let’s say catastrophic situation. The Intifada showed an over-armed and brutal army of occupation in the face of stone-throwing kids. The Palestinian cause was at the top. If Rabin had contacted Barghouti, the leader of the Intifada, the latter would have had strict and inflexible demands: Independence or nothing.

Arafat has given up everything. On all the sensitive issues, the refugees, Jerusalem, the settlements, the borders, the independent State, Rabin told him: “we will see later”. And Arafat agreed.

And furthermore, he delivered 60 % of the West Bank under the total sovereignty of Israel. This is the Zone C, on which the major cities of occupation are built.

Ultimately, Arafat could have realized after 2 or 3 years that he had been manipulated, that the Zionists will never give him a State, and slam the door, and put the occupier back in front of his responsibilities. But no, he continued until his death and Mahmoud Abbas is continuing along the same path, which lead to the progressive strangulation of what remained of Palestine.

But for Rabin, and the Zionist regime, the gain was fantastic. Israel was no longer the occupant. The whole world was pretending to proclaim the need for 2 States. It was just a matter of being patient and negotiating. The Zionist regime has thus restored much of its international credibility and legitimacy.

We saw the United States and the whole world shocked by the way George Floyd was murdered by a police officer. However, Palestinians suffer the same abuses on a daily basis, as this hold (a technique known as strangulation) is often used by the Israeli army, Tsahal. How do you explain the fact that nobody protests this? The world was rightly moved by the murder of George Floyd, why does it not react when Palestinians are murdered?

We keep coming back to the same problem. It is the media that make the news. And who controls the media? The Palestinians do not have a voice for the reasons mentioned above. Because when the media decides to inflate a problem, they do.

Interview realized by Mohsen Abdelmoumen

Who is Jacob Cohen?

Jacob Cohen is a writer and lecturer born in 1944. Polyglot and traveler, anti-Zionist activist, he was a translator and teacher at the Faculty of Law in Casablanca. He obtained a law degree from the Faculty of Casablanca and then joined Science-Po in Paris where he obtained his degree in Science-Po as well as a postgraduate degree (DES) in public law. He lived in Montreal and then Berlin. In 1978, he returned to Morocco where he became an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Law in Casablanca until 1987. He then moved to Paris where he now focuses on writing. He has published several books,

“We Are Real Arabs”: Hezbollah MP tells Speaker of Saudi Shura Council

March 16, 2019

Hezbollah MP Ihab Hamade

Heated argument took place between a Hezbollah MP, Ihab Hamade, and Speaker of Saudi Shura Council, Abdullah Al Sheikh, earlier this week at the 14th Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Member States (PUIC) in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Ihab Hamade, member of Hezbollah’s Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc, was representing Lebanon, along with other MP, at the conference. The two Lebanese MPs confronted Saudi and UAE attempts to make changes on the final statement of the conference, Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar reported.

The UAE demanded that the final statement “condemn the Iranian occupation” of 3 disputed islands, while Saudi demanded that the statement condemn “Iranian interference in Syria and Arab World affairs,” according the daily.

Al-Akhbar added meanwhile, that both Saudi and UAE demanded that the final statement cancel the paragraph that calls for preserving the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, as well as the paragraph that condemns US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

According to the daily all the Saudi and UAE demands were not met, adding that Hezbollah MP Hamade voiced the Lebanese delegation’s opposition to such demands.

The discussion then devolved into heated argument when Speaker of Saudi Shura Council Abdullah Al Sheikh t addressed Hamade as saying: “Are you Lebanon’s representative or Iran’s?”

The Saudi speaker’s question prompted Hamade to respond as saying: “Why are you here? You have no elected parliament at your county. You are the imported one, while we are real Arabs who preserved the dignity of Muslims and Arabs.”

The Lebanese delegation then walked out of the session, Al-Akhbar reported.

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper


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