A senior US administration official said that White House adviser Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation next week to Israel and Morocco to hold talks on the agreement to normalize relations between Rabat and Tel Aviv that was reached last week.
The US official added that the delegation will join an Israeli delegation and take the first direct commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat, as a sign of progress after the agreement between Israel and Morocco, which Kushner helped broker.
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz and head of the US Foundation for International Development Finance, Adam Buehler, will arrive in Israel on Monday.
The official said that while in Jerusalem, Kushner is scheduled to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding that El Al is expected to be the company that will operate the first direct flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat next Tuesday and that will carry Kushner’s team and a delegation headed by the security advisor. Israeli nationalist Meir Bin Shabat.
Israel Army Radio asked Transportation Minister Miri Regev in a live interview about the news of Kushner’s trip. “I am very proud that our grandfathers and grandmothers can visit Morocco while they are alive. This is peace,” she said, a descendant of Moroccan immigrants.
Morocco is the Islamic country from which the largest number of Jewish immigrants came to Israel, reaching about 250,000.
The agreement between Tel Aviv and Rabat is the fourth that the United States brokered to reach after similar agreements between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita had clarified that the talk is not about normalizing relations, but about resuming them, given that they existed in the 1990s through commercial representation offices.
Kushner and his team are still in talks with other Arab and Muslim countries and hope to seal at least another deal before Trump leaves office on January 20 when President-elect Joe Biden takes his place.
Morocco, which chairs the Jerusalem Committee, reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause and its adherence to the principle of a two-state solution as a basis for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Apart from the peace agreement between Israel and Morocco, the United States recognized the Moroccan Sahara, which has been in conflict for decades between the Kingdom and the Polisario Front backed by Algeria, a separatist movement that rejected a Moroccan proposal that would grant it expanded autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, a proposal that many Western countries described as ” rational and realistic, so it is considered the best way to end the conflict.