MOROCCO - Bilateral Agreement with Israel

Arno Froese

Israel and Morocco signed a bilateral agreement for energy cooperation at Bar-Ilan University (BIU) in Ramat Gan, with Education Minister Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton looking on. Signing the document were the head of the liaison office of the Kingdom of Morocco to the State of Israel Abderrahim Beyyoudh and BIU president Prof. Arie Zaban.

Bilateral joint research will be conducted on rechargeable batteries, recycling, solar energy and the hydrogen economy, as well as solving Morocco’s major challenge of storing and transporting its energy to neighboring countries, including Spain. Morocco has set a goal of producing 52% of its electricity through renewable energy by 2030.

“Energy is by far the biggest challenge we are facing. Energy, which today in Europe is a cause for war, can be a tool for peace,” he said. “We will do excellent science, develop excellent solutions, push this field forward, [and] generate clean air and peace for humanity,” Zaban said., 1 October 2022

Arno's Commentary

Israel’s influence in the Arab world is lubricated by an energy-hungry world, particularly Europe. 

Before the discovery of large natural gas reservoirs off Israel’s coast, most energy was imported. It was in 1999 when Noble Energy, a Houston-based company, made the first discovery of gas, estimated to be 30 trillion cubic meters. In the meantime, additional fields have been discovered exceeding this enormous amount. Yet lists Israel’s world share of natural gas reserves at only 0.1 percent. Russia holds 24.3%, Iran 17.3%, Qatar 12.5%, United States 5.3%, and Saudi Arabia 4.2%. Needless to say, these reserves are not inexhaustible. It’s just a matter of time until natural gas will no longer be available in abundance.

Israel casts its eyes toward Africa in the west—in this case, Morocco. The target is rechargeable batteries, recycling, solar energy, and the hydrogen economy. The distance between Morocco and Israel is over 5,300 kilometers. We also notice that Israel’s coastline is a mere 273 km, compared to Morocco’s 1,835 km. Not only does Israel plan to connect its gas pipeline to Europe, but via Morocco, solar energy can be exported. The distance between the two continents Europe and Africa, is a mere 13 km.

What is Israel’s future? “And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore” (Ezekiel 37:28). That is yet to be fulfilled.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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