17 thoughts on “Israel-U.S.-Morocco Quid Pro Quo: Morocco Normalizes With Israel, U.S. Recognizes Western Sahara Annexation – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Israel was complicit in the 55 year old kidnap/murder of a Moroccan dissiden, and in exchange for it’s assistance, the King of Morocco allowed Morocco’s Jewish community to flee the anti-Semitism in Morocco and migrate to Israel.

    “The worst insult that a Moroccan could possibly offer was to treat someone as a Jew….My childhood friends have remained anti-Jewish. They hide their virulent anti-Semitism by contending that the State of Israel was the creature of Western imperialism….A whole Hitlerite myth is being cultivated among the populace. The massacres of the Jews by Hitler are exalted ecstatically. It is even credited that Hitler is not dead, but alive and well, and his arrival is awaited to deliver the Arabs from Israe– Said Ghallab, “Les Juifs sont en enfer,” in Les Temps Modernes, (April 1965), pp. 2247-2251.

    Richard. You said that:

    ” In doing so, both Israel and Morocco betrayed their own allies”.

    I understand Morocco’s betrayal, but which of Israel’s allies did Israel betray?
    I must have missed something.

    1. @ Sepp: The list of allies Israel has abandoned or betrayed is long:

      Lebanese Phalangists and South Lebanese army

      Iran after the Shah was overthrown (except of course when it supplied missiles to Iran as part of the Iran-Contra scandal)

      Ben Barka, who they played like a violin, making him think Israel would be his ally, and then betraying him to his killers

      Al Nusra /Al Qaeda (whom Israel abandoned once Assad turned the tide against Syrian Islamists)

      Turkey, a former ally whom Israel betrayed when it murdered 10 of its citizens on the Mavi Marmara, for which it paid reparations

  2. Iread, I think on ynet, that the Arab league had previously recognized the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.

  3. According to the latest Arab Poll Index 2019/2020, only 4% of Moroccans support diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel by their country. In Sudan, it’s 13%, the higest support together with Saudi Arabia. In Algeria that fought a long and bloody war of liberation against French occupation the support is 0%, Polisario is having their head-quarters in Tindouf, Algeria.
    Either Bahraini nor Emirati were among the 30.000 polled across Arab countries. Overall, around 6% support diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel by their country, more than 80% oppose (79% in Sudan, 88% in Morocco).
    And if you look at the reasons overall, around 6% give religious reasons, the occupation of Palestinian land and the treatment of Palestinians is the number one reason.
    The poll in itself is worth an article.

  4. @ Sepp
    That’s simply BS ! Ben Barka was kidnapped and killed in 1965, the Moroccan Jewish community that left for the State of Israel did so primarily in the early 1950’s, in fact they were more or less bought by Zionist agencies who transferred money to the inner circles around the king, and they were settled on the ‘frontier’ as some kind of buffer between the Ashkenazi Establishment and the native Palestinians, particularly close the Gaza Strip.

    1. @ Ariel: So by your logic if a nation wants to absorb the territory of a neighbor it’s cool with you? Or is it just cool if Israel and Israel’s pals do it? Because Hitler tried to do the same thing. Wuold it be OK for him to annex Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, etc.?

      You apparently need a tutorial in how representative democracy works: Palestinians want sovereignty either in their own state or within a new state of Israel-Palestine. Since Israel has refused every opportunity to recognize and permit such a separate state, the only other option for Palestinians to obtain these rights is through a single state. There simply is no other option.

      The people of Western Sahara too want sovereignty. But they do not want to be annexed to Morocco. They want a separate state of their own.

      So even a hasbarist like you, I think, can see that the two scenarios are entirely different.

  5. @ Richard
    Yes, that’s the poll, I’m sorry I missed that part of the article.
    The whole poll is really interesting, not only on Israel-Palestine but also on democracy etc.
    And I made a mistake in my comment, the 13% supporting diplomatic recognition of Israel alongside the Sudan is not Saudi Arabia but Egypt. What’s interesting is that in Saudi Arabia, 29% do not want to answer whether they support or oppose, a figure much much than in any other country polled, tells us maybe that many people are afraid to speak their mind even in a poll.

    1. @ Deir Yassin: Indeed. If you had a headchopper for a Crown Prince you’d think twice about answering such a poll. After all, Saudi intelligence could send around fake pollsters to ferret about dissidents and malcontents.

  6. @Oui

    “That’s simply BS!”

    Quoted, as per Richard’s link:

    “Israeli agents met with the Moroccan opposition leader, Mehdi Ben Barka, who asked for help overthrowing the king; instead, the Israelis told Hassan of the plot.
    The king permitted mass emigration of Jews and allowed Mossad to establish a station in Morocco.”

    Oui. A sizeable number of Jews remained in Morocco in 1965, and King Hassan allowed them to migrate, even after the 1967 War.

    @ Sepp: The list of allies Israel has abandoned or betrayed is long:

    That’s rich!
    Richard. You wrote Israel ‘betrayed’, but than you added ‘abandoned’, to make up for paucity of evidence.

    Israel quit South Lebanon, taking a few SLA militiamen in tow. Nothing happened to the SLA once the Lebanese government re-occupied her Southland. As far as I know, the are still Phalangists in Lebanon’s ‘government.

    Israel’s ally, the Shah, was dethroned by a popular revolution and he took refuge in the West. Israel neither betrayed or abandoned Iran, or the Shah. France was a far greater supporter of the Shah than Israel was.

    Israel didn’t betray Turkey. Turkey encouraged a Turkish pro-Palestine movement to arm and hijack the Turkish registered flotilla boat that carried them to Gaza. Israel successfully turned away the flotilla, save for the mutinous boat. Israel botched that interdiction and ten Turks were shot after an Israeli commando was kidnapped and stabbed by the Turks.

    Al Nusra was provided humanitarian aide only. A single, Assadist Syrian general, claims without proof, that Israel gave al Nusra supporting artillery fire one time.

    Al Nusra was defeated in the field and left the region after making a deal with the Syrian Army.
    Al Nusra was neither supported, abandoned or betrayed by Israel.

    1. @ Sepp: Before I respond, your last comment was your final one in this comment thread. Do not publish another in this thread.

      As for your account of the assassination of Ben Barka, this version is the one approved by Mossad for circulation. It presents Ben Barka as an insurenctionist and Mossad as being approached by him. Given that Ben Barka was an international hero of the anti-colonialist movement, it’s preposterous that he would have approached Israel’s Mossad. I discount this version out of hand as self-serving at best.

      A sizeable number of Jews remained in Morocco in 1965

      There were 250,000 Jews in Morocco in the 1940s. There are 2,250 now.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moroccan_Jews

      Only someone who is an apologist for a country which betrays and abandons its former allies would claim there is a distinction between the 2 words. Do you think the South Lebanese Army felt is was abandoned, but not betrayed when the IDF turned tail and retreated from its occupation?

      Israel quit South Lebanon, taking a few SLA militiamen in tow

      Not quite, Israel accepted 6,500 Lebanese fighters after it withdrew. That’s far more than a few. The reason there was no bloodbath in Lebanon after the SLA disbanded was that few of the fighters were left. Had Israel not accepted them, there would have been. But the fundamental truth is that Israel exploited the SLA for decades then discarded it when it was no longer useful and Israeli policy. Yes, it took them in, but only to avoid the repurcussions of a mass bloodbath.

      As for Iran, Israel was an ally of Iran under the shah. It turned against Iran when Ayatollah Khomeini assumed control because it only likes western-supported strongmen like him. So yes, it abandoned Iran after its stooge left. BTW, Israel retains control of a $1-billion oil pipeline it expropriated from Iran. That’s theft. So abandoning Iran offered a rich haul to Israel.

      As for Turkey, Israel had a strong alliance with Turkey including military cooperation. When Israel murdered 10 Turkish citizens it destroyed that alliance. That is a betrayal.

      Your characterization of al Nusra is woefully wrong. Israel supplied them with munitions, supplies and humanitarian aid. It also housed families of fighters in camps in the occupied Golan. These things are documented by many media accounts, not a single Syrian general as you claim. Do a Google search in this blog before mouthing such nonsense again. Israel supported and abandoned al Nusra when it was no longer of any use to it.

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