Iberian neighbors worried about military cooperation agreements Moroccan-Israeli, in particular a suicide drone program under development…
Since last December when relations between Israel and Morocco found their first roots in the Abrahamic accords, it has become an open secret to say that Israel and Morocco are fruiting their cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism security and defense. In fact, Israel and Morocco, have maintained for much longer than that, close relations especially in the latter area.
One would even dare to say that most of the security cooperation between Morocco and Israel is carried out secretly. The two countries mainly use the exchange of intelligence information and a rather sophisticated arms trade such as those for electronic warfare, communications and control systems, a British report even reported recently. As we can guess, this situation arouses Spain’s concern with regard to Moroccan-Israeli military cooperation, particularly in the arms industry. Also, great is the apprehension in the Spanish official circles which do not see it with the best eye.
Israel, it is inexorable, will set up military arms factories in Morocco. This is part of the cooperation agreements after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco. The establishment by the Jewish state of military weapons factories on Moroccan territory will mean a considerable strengthening of Rabat’s strategic position in the region. For Spain, Morocco has become an essential part for maintaining the balance of power in the area and, above all, for the fight against jihadism, by acting as a brake on attempts by terrorist bands to direct their attacks against the West. The United States chose it as a privileged partner and the agreements with Tel Aviv are no exception to this context. Even the unilateral severance of diplomatic relations by Algeria gives it a more important role on the international scene.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Nasser Bourita, announced that Israeli defense and finance officials will pay an official visit to Rabat. During the visit, the establishment of a group of military factories in Morocco will be signed, as part of the strategic cooperation between the two countries. The Spanish newspaper La Razon also reported, yesterday Saturday, that Morocco, had started, in collaboration with Israel, the development of a program of suicide drones. It is ” devices relatively simple to construct and with devastating consequences “. No further details are given on its characteristics as well as the cost, but the media affirms to its dependent body that the group Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is involved in this operation. The media also understands that in April of this year, the commander of the Polisario National Gendarmerie, Dah Al Bendir, was killed during a military operation using an Israeli-made drone. This is, of course, unofficial data, Rabat having never denied or confirmed this information.
Morocco has accelerated the modernization of its army through a process of acquiring offensive weapons from the United States, in particular combat helicopters and this too irritates the neighbor to the north who does not endorse this military cooperation with the Uncle Sam he can’t say a word about. It should be remembered that the United States signed a ten-year military cooperation agreement with Morocco in 2020. With the agreement signed between Israel and Morocco, it is clear that a “magic” trio (Israel-USA-Morocco) will be built in the arms sector, with American funding. Morocco is in the process of building an arms industry and it is on the right track thanks to its expertise in automobile and aeronautic construction which has made it a global player. Such a strengthening of Moroccan-Israeli cooperation is not surprising. The Kingdom hosts the African Lion military exercise, organized annually by US AFRICOM, the US Africa Command. In addition, he is an excellent customer of the US arms industry, with orders for Abrams tanks, F-16 “Viper” fighter jets and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
Now more than ever, the three nations are working closely to address the challenges of a complex security environment ranging from counterterrorism and other transnational threats, to regional instability and broader strategic issues, commented most recently an American minister, before signing a new military cooperation agreement. This partnership is ” able to adapt to even greater and more pernicious threats posed by terrorism, violent extremism, cybercrime, illicit trafficking of all kinds and separatism ” indicated for his part the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans rresiding abroad, Nasser Bourita. While the staff of the Royal Armed Forces of this closer cooperation in the field of the defense industry welcomed “possible technological transfers”.