Israel and Morocco recently celebrated one year of normalized relations after signing the Abraham Accords but the agreements have caused a reshuffling of relations in the Middle East and not all have been peace-oriented.
Israel makes peace with Morocco
The Trump-brokered Abraham Accords initiated a wave of peace in the Middle East, initially normalizing relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain while Sudan, Morocco, and Oman quickly joined in as well. The accords also strengthened already existing ties between Jordan and Israel, as the UAE joined in agreements concerning water and electricity.
But the Abraham Accords also resulted in military agreements. Israel and Morocco had low-level diplomatic relations in the 1990s, but Morocco severed them after a Palestinian uprising erupted in 2000. After that, the two states maintained informal relations. In exchange for Morocco normalizing relations with Israel in December 2020, the Trump administration promised to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, a disputed North African territory.
This led to the signing of an unprecedented defense pact in November which included intelligence cooperation, arms deals, and joint military training. In a classic example of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” Israel agreed to cooperate with Muslim-majority Morocco in its battle against Al Qaeda and other jihadist organizations, promising to provide their new ally with cyber security and high-end military technologies such as drones.
Relations between Algeria and neighboring Morocco have been marred by several crises since their independence, particularly the 1963 Sand War, the Western Sahara War of 1975–1991, the closing of the Algeria-Morocco border in 1994. There is an ongoing disagreement over the political status of Western Sahara. As a result, in August, Algeria severed ties with Morocco.
This new agreement may also bring the two countries together in their struggle against another common foe; Algeria, the largest nation in Africa. Algeria is part of the Arab boycott of Israel and in the 1967 and 1973 wars sent troops, including warplanes and armor, to participate in the Arab attempt to annihilate Israel.
But more recently, Algeria is aligned with Iran. According to Morocco, in 2018, claimed the Iranian Embassy in Algeria aided the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah in support of the pro-Algerian Polisario independent movement in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara.
“Hezbollah sent military officials to Polisario and provided the front with… weapons and trained them on urban warfare,” Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said then.
Morocco responded by evicting Iran’s ambassador from its territory and closing its embassy in Tehran.
A report last week in the Jerusalem Post indicated that these tensions may boil over very soon. The article cited the Paris-based newspaper L’Opinion as writing “The tension rises every day a little more between Algeria and Morocco, to the point that we are now talking about war between the two Maghreb countries.”
The article quoted sources close to the Algerian military as saying, “Algeria does not want war with Morocco, but it is ready to do so… “if it has to be done, it is today, because we are militarily superior at all levels and this may not be the case in a few years.”
The catalyst for conflict, according to the report, “is Israel’s support for Morocco,” the source said. “This will change the situation, within an estimated three-year period.”
According to a L’Opinion source, “the weapons that worry Algerians the most are those related to electronic warfare and drones.”
“For now, the Americans are telling the Israelis not to supply weapon systems that could cause an immediate military imbalance in favor of Morocco,” a source told the daily paper.
Rabbi Winston: “The tenth hour”
Rabbi Pinchas Winston was not shocked by the development, noting that it fits right into the end of days’ schedule.
“We aren’t waiting for Gog and Magog to start,” Rabbi Winston stated unequivocally, adding enigmatically, “This is to be expected as we are in the tenth hour before Messiah”
Rabbi Winston explains this concept in-depth on his website.
The rabbi further explained his statement by explaining that World War II officially began in 1939, involving just Germany and Poland. But even before that, Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia, Japan’s invasion of China, the Spanish Civil War, and other conflicts r set the stage for a multi-national conflict. It wasn’t until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at the end of 1941 that what was by then a global conflict was brought home to the US and the United States joined the war. Four years later, the war was over.
“We are on the cusp of several major international conflicts right now,” Rabbi Winston explained. “Algeria versus Morocco, Russia is about to invade Ukraine, China is about to invade Taiwan, and Iran is expanding throughout the Middle East. History will look back on this period as the clear build-up towards a major conflict. Though it is impossible to know what will be, it would be foolish to ignore how events stand right now.”
“Anyone who is waiting for the beginning of Gog and Magog, you missed it. As of 1990, we have been in the end-game. All the pieces are in place and all we are waiting for is the lit match to spark off the actual shooting.”
“Every day of Creation corresponds to 1,000 years of history and the Messiah must come on Shabbat, that is to say, no later than the year 6,000. In that schedule, 1990 corresponds to the tenth hour of the sixth day of creation which is when the snake tempted Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. The Messiah comes to fix that sin and return us to Eden which is why the word nachash (נחש) is the gematria (Hebrew numerology) 358, equal to Moshiach (משיח Messiah). Everything that has happened from 1990 on is just the final moments before Messiah. The final two hours before Moshiach, which is our generation, will include tchiyat hametim (resurrection of the dead).”
“We are past the preparation stage and just waiting for the major event that will end it all. Even nations that are off to the side and uninvolved will get dragged into it. This is what happened with the COVID pandemic. I don’t know what it is going to be but events from now on are all going to be global and it will be focused on Israel. ”