Rabat and Jerusalem have long shared commercial interests and Morocco is likely to recognize Israel's sovereignty in the coming weeks, according to an Israeli report Friday in The Times of Israel. The historic agreement signed by the Emirates, which becomes the first Gulf country to normalize its relations with Israel, or the desire of the Alaouite kingdom to strengthen its position in the West are two of the keys that explain Rabat's movement towards full diplomatic normalization with Tel Aviv.
The public broadcaster Khan, quoting US officials, explained that Morocco is one of the candidates to recognize Israel soon, due to its tourist and commercial ties. The Israeli report published on Friday also refers to the protection that the North African country has provided for years to its small Jewish community.
The establishment of formal diplomatic relations with Israel could also improve Morocco's relations with the United States, which have been quite fluid in recent years. Rabat also seeks with this movement the recognition by the United States of its sovereignty over Western Sahara. Morocco is considered an ally of the United States and has long maintained informal but close intelligence ties with Israel.
Although the countries do not have formal relations, Morocco has welcomed the Israeli leaders and the Israelis are allowed to visit. Some 3,000 Jews live in Morocco, far fewer than were settled before the creation of Israel in 1948, but they have still remained the largest Jewish community in the Arab world. In addition to Morocco, Bahrain and Oman also resonate in diplomatic circles as the next countries to follow the Emirates and establish relations with Israel. Both have praised the announcement of Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.
The Emirates-Israel agreement marks the third such agreement that the Jewish state has reached with an Arab country after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994). Israeli and UAE delegations will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements on investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, according to their statement.
Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel has entered a "new era of Israeli relations with the Arab world", and that other agreements with Arab countries will follow. Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, said more Arab countries could soon announce the normalization of ties with Israel. On Friday he explained that even Saudi Arabia will eventually normalize its relations with Israel.