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Source predicts ties with Morocco ‘will turn into full diplomatic relations’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The national flags of Israel and Morocco are projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, along with the word "peace," in English, Hebrew, and Arabic,  December 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
The national flags of Israel and Morocco are projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, along with the word "peace," in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, December 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

With direct flights between Israel and Morocco launched this morning, an Israeli diplomatic source tells The Times of Israel that the ties with the North African kingdom “will turn into full diplomatic relations.”

The source also also says that an “unnecessary crisis” with Jordan had been resolved.

“They understand that we see them as a strategic partner. We see them as a partner in the security realm, in the economic realm. We have excellent professional ties, and we need to take care of them. We’ve signed trade and water deals…. I believe there will also be visits soon. The goal is visible, friendly ties,” the source says.

The source also stresses that Jordan “is a mostly positive force in our eyes for everything that happens on the Temple Mount.”

Turning to Egypt, the source says Israel is grateful to Cairo for its assistance during the 11 days of fighting between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group in May, and for maintaining calm in the coastal enclave.

“They help us in everything having to do with returning our missing and captives. There is a lot of cooperation and goodwill between the sides… the Sissi government is a producer of regional stability,” the source says.

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