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Israel-Morocco security ties set to deepen after Western Sahara recognition

The last two years have seen a quantum leap in the security and strategic cooperation between Israel and Morocco.
An aerial view shows a Moroccan flag measuring 60,000 square metres (645,835 square foot) and weighing 20 tonnes in the town of Dakhla, on May 8, 2010. The flag is an attempt to beat the record for the World's largest flag, a record which is currently held by Israel. AFP PHOTO/AIDA (Photo by AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli-Moroccan diplomatic and security relations are expected to deepen on the backdrop of the announcement on Monday of Israel recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara region. 

A few hours before the publication of the statement, the Israeli army appointed a first military attaché to Morocco. The new attaché to Rabat - Col. Sharon Itach - is of Moroccan origin. 

Since the signing of both the Abraham Accords in December 2020 and of an agreement for bilateral security cooperation in November 2021, security and intelligence ties between Israel and Morocco keep expanding. 

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and senior researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, told Al-Monitor that the past two years have seen a quantum leap in Israel-Morocco relations, particularly in security, and the two states are developing an alliance.

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