Re: "Peace in the Middle East is blooming," (The Hill Times, Sept. 26). In devising his list of the shared ties and interests between Morocco and Israel, CIJA’s Richard Marceau forgot to mention one important thing: both countries have been belligerently occupying someone else’s territory for decades, while actively denying the self-determination of the Sahrawi and Palestinian people, respectively. It cannot be overstated how the recent Morocco-Israel normalization agreement, brokered by former U.S. president Donald Trump, was premised on consolidating their illegitimate control as occupying powers over this territory. Trump rewarded Morocco by recognizing its claim to Western Sahara, and in return Morocco abandoned its demands for Israel to end its occupation of Palestine. During this same period, Trump officially recognized Israel’s claims over occupied East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights. What this diplomatic push represents is not “peace,” as Marceau would implausibly suggest, but the opposite: a mutual initiative between authoritarian regimes to undermine the so-called rules-based international order. Instead of celebrating this partnership of rogues, we should impose measures to uphold international law, including a ban on goods from occupied territories. Michael Bueckert, PhD Vice-president Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) Montreal, Que.