Former senior defense official on agreement with Morocco: “Message to the Arab world”

Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad Talked tonight (Thursday) with Ben Caspit and Aryeh Eldad on 103FM And referred to the signing of a security cooperation agreement between Israel and Morocco. “Our relations with Arab countries, including core countries, are very important – they double the force. We rely on our military force and the wisdom of developing ties with those who were our enemies,” he said.

“There are hidden friendships between Israel and Morocco for many decades. The founders of the country were able to develop ties with them. This is an Arab country, large, important, under stable rule on a very unstable continent. Morocco has great value for Israel and many features can be counted. I do not look. About Morocco as a country in itself. “

He said, “Morocco is important, it is part of a whole fabric of political security relations that have developed over the years with an emphasis on security. For example, Jordan, the Jordanians give Israel amazing operational options. Even the defense of the Jordan Valley without Jordan would not materialize. Once Morocco joins open security cooperation “This is a message to the entire Arab world. We must strive for normalization.”

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Asked how to maintain a balance between the urge of defense enterprises to produce and export vital technologies to the IDF, Gilad said that “in the Ministry of Defense a balance mechanism has developed between the various interests so that you will not provide your friends today and your enemies yesterday.

As stated, the Minister of Defense Bnei Gantz Signed in Morocco a security cooperation agreement with the country publicly and precedent-setting. The agreement, signed in Rabat, was also signed by Moroccan Defense Minister Abd al-Latif Lodi. According to security sources, the establishment of security ties with Morocco has strategic value and is not just a symbolic visit.

Israel sees great importance, also at the strategic level, in signing the agreement. This is a document of legal principles that will enable the deepening of security cooperation between Israel and Morocco on many levels, from arms deals of the Israeli defense industries to cooperation on intelligence, training and more. Within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding, a steering committee will be established that will allow for the deepening of cooperation and there will be official relations of partnership in information, operational planning, procurement, research and development and training.

Bnei Gantz in Morocco (Photo: Israel Defense Ministry / Handout via REUTERS)

After signing the agreement, Ganz said: “We have now signed a framework agreement for security cooperation in all buildings with the country of Morocco. This is a very significant thing that will also allow us to exchange views, enter into joint projects and allow Israeli exports here.” During the meeting with the Moroccan Defense Minister, Ganz emphasized the importance of accelerating cooperation for the stability of the region and its prosperity, and expressed hope that it would be an opening for further expansion of the normalization agreements.

Morocco itself is in a very complex political-security situation following the collapse of the ceasefire with the proletariat front, especially in the Western Sahara, and in doing so an escalation in the already hostile relations between Morocco and Algeria. natural.


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