On Morocco’s Elections
“The latest Moroccan elections present a chance for the forces of political Islam to wake up while they’re searching for loopholes to explain their failure throughout the so-called Arab Spring. Electoral results tell us the Authenticity and Modernity Party has doubled its seats in parliament, meaning the political scene is now more polarised than before the election,” says Jihad Al-Rantisi. He believes that the party’s presence as an alternative to the Justice and Development Party obviously expresses society’s concerns with Abdelilah Benkirane’s policies and the threats to individual freedom and women’s rights. “The debates during and after the campaigns revealed the hype around the the JDP. The party failed to exploit global and local circumstances to boost the economy, such as the plummeting oil price and the financial aid of $5 billion,” added Al-Rantisi. He believes there is mistrust between the JDP and the other parties. The Independence Party withdrew from the government and accused the President of using the same political language Mohammed Morsi used, which showed lack of experience and irresponsibility. “The commencement of Obama’s term in 2009 as US president coincided with Benjamin Netanyahu’s second term as head of the Israeli government. However, this wasn’t really in the interest of America-Israel ties. In fact, it might represent the worst time period ever for the relationship between an American and Israeli president, both personally and politically,” said Majid Kayalli. “Several events led to strained relations. Since Obama’s presence in the White House, Netanyahu has been unresponsive to Obama’s calls for a partial and temporary hold to settlement expansion to facilitate negotiations. Also, in mid 2013, the American administration pushed the Palestinians via the Arab Peace Initiative to negotiate for a year. Netanyahu’s ongoing conditions and his refusal to release the last batch of Palestinian prisoners made the mission impossible.” Despite this, Kayalli believes that the Obama’s administration, indirectly and politically, served Israeli interests more than any other president’s administration. It allowed Iranian intervention in Syria and Iraq, which helped weaken Iran’s military through multiple conflicts.