TRENDS study reviews the Implications of the Israeli Recognition of Morocco’s Sovereignty over Western Sahara
A new study by
the Trends Center for Research and Advisory confirmed that the promotion of
mutual interests and respect for the political convictions of each nation are
the main drivers for the continuity of bilateral relations.
entitled "The Sahara Issue: The Moroccan Approach and the Dimensions of
the Israeli Position," explained that with the recent development of Israeli-Arab
bilateral relations, which constituted a quantum leap in contemporary Arab
history, several questions have appeared about the nature and effectiveness of
these relations. There are speculations about
whether such normalization will actually lead to the promotion of the interests
of the countries that pursued direct relations with Israel, whether they will hold
to a certain extent, or repeat the experience of cold peace with both Egypt and
The study was
prepared by Muhammad Al-Dhuhouri, Head of the Strategic Studies Department and
Sarah Al Niyadi, Senior Researcher at TRENDS Research and Advisory. The study
stressed that Israeli-Arab relations pose a real test for the new approach
adopted by some Arab countries to enhance their interests with Tel Aviv. They
also represent different ways to deal with the Palestinian cause and ensure a
prosperous future for an independent Palestinian state.
indicated that the Israeli-Moroccan case is interesting, in light of the unique
status attached to it by the Jews. The study considered the background of the
conflict, in order to understand the Moroccan behavior towards this issue and
its impact on its external moves. The study focused on the Moroccan-Israeli
relations and the possible implications of the Israeli recognition of Moroccan
sovereignty over the Western Sahara.
The authors indicated
that the issue of Moroccan demands for Israel to recognize Morocco’s
sovereignty over the Sahara has been circulating in the Arab, Israeli and
American press. Moreover, there were certain assuring steps that herald Tel
Aviv's recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.
concluded that the Israeli commitment would enhance Morocco’s confidence in Tel
Israeli intentions. The Israeli move is an indication of Israel's alignment
with the interests of the countries of the region. It would enhance the
territorial integrity of these countries and consolidate their internal security
The Study concluded
that this matter will be a motive for opening new channels of Arab-Israeli
understanding, which will encourage new and different ways of dealings. New
approaches will be established to deal with thorny regional issues, especially
the Palestinian issue, which is in dire need for a new approach that guarantees
the Palestinian and Israeli interests.