Israel scraps decade-long travel warning for Morocco

Israel scraps decade-long travel warning for Morocco as post-normalisation relations develop
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26 October, 2021
Israel has scrapped a travel warning applying to Morocco as the two countries continue to develop ties following a controversial normalisation agreement last year.
Morocco is a popular tourist destination in the MENA region [Getty]

Israel has scrapped an official travel warning for visits to Morocco, more than 10 years after it went into effect.

"It has been decided to cancel the travel warning for Morocco that has been in place for over a decade," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's office said in a statement, after the Israeli National Security Council recommended that it be removed.

"This decision was made in light of an assessment of the situation according to which the estimated threat level in Morocco has declined," Bennet's office added.

The office recommended that Israeli citizens "continue showing increased alert" while travelling around Morocco.

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Morocco is a popular tourist destination in the region.

Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and the UAE have all signed normalisation agreements with Israel, known as the Abraham Accords.

The deals were met with outrage from Palestinians, who pointed out that they reward Israel while it continues to occupy the West Bank and besiege the Gaza Strip.

Public opinion surveys have shown overwhelming disapproval of the deals in Arab countries.

Earlier this month, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that Israel was negotiating new normalisation agreements with countries that currently cannot be revealed.

It was unclear whether Lapid was referring to Arab countries which could follow in the footsteps of the countries that recently normalised relations.

Israel also signed peace deals with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.