Israel Peace Extends Outward to Morocco

  • The Abraham Accords extended out to include Morocco.
  • President Trump brokered the peace deal.
  • Israel has also normalized relations with Bhutan a Buddhist country in the Himalayas.

President Trump announced that Israel and Morocco will normalize relations. Both countries will open in Tel Aviv and Rabat.  Morocco will grant overflights and direct flights to and from Israel. The U.S. will recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Sahara.

The deal was brokered with the help of America making Morocco the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities to Israel and normalize relations. The border conflict which Morocco had for decades with Algeria over Sahara, America agreed to recognize the sovereignty of Morocco which helped bring Morocco and Israel together. Trump sealed the agreement on Thursday with a telephone call with Moroccan King Mohammed VI. The agreement further enhances Israel security while creating opportunities for Morocco to improve their economy and the lives of their people.

Jared Kushner representative of President Trump in Middle East negotiations.

Morocco was a major home for thousands of Jews before the establishment of the State of Israel. Many of the Jewish leaders of Israel maintain their connection with Judaism in Morocco like Aryeh Deri the leader of the Shas party. Moroccan Jews after settling in Israel continued their religious customs and each year would make a pilgrimage to visit the grave sites of their former religious leaders in Morocco.

The nation of Bhutan which is a Buddhist country located in the Himalayas bordering on India and the Tibet Autonomous region of China have established diplomatic relations for the first time. They signed an agreement with Israel normalizing relations. Their decision to normalize relations with Israel had no connection to the Abraham Accords. They do not have diplomatic relations with the United States. Bhutan is an isolated country disconnected with the Western world which has diplomatic relations with only 53 countries not including US, UK, France, or Russia. Many of their citizens have participated in Agricultural training programs organized by Israel. The people of Bhutan are unique, recognized as the happiest people in the world and also the poorest.

Netanyahu lights Hanukah candles at the Western Wall.

Israel a leader in the world in technology participated in a one-day virtual gathering connected to the Paris Climate Accord and organized by the International Climate Change Committee in the UK. Netanyahu spoke about the desire of Israel to leave completely fossil fuels to renewable energy.  He promised that by 2025 Israel will no longer burn coals which will be substituted by solar energy.

Israel is now in the middle of Hanukah season. Hanukah candelabras can be seen throughout the country on highways, malls, and in the windows of homes. The world Zionist Orthodox Organization wrote a special prayer to be recited at the time of lighting the candles of Hanukah. A portion of the prayer reads, Our father in Heaven may it be your will to bestow mercy and healing on the world, and may we be cured of plague and grievous disease.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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