Polisario says Israel's Western Sahara move 'null and void'
"Such a position emanating from the Zionist entity [Israel] or any other party to legitimise the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara is null and void," the Sahrawi information ministry said in a statement.
On Monday, the royal cabinet in Rabat said Israel had decided to "recognise Morocco's sovereignty" over the mineral-rich desert region, citing a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel confirmed the contents of the statement from Morocco when contacted by AFP.
In a statement quoted by Algeria's official APS news agency on Wednesday, the Polisario said the development would "only reinforce the determination of the Sahrawi people to pursue their national struggle on several fronts".
It denounced "subversive joint security and military manoeuvres aimed at destabilising the North African region and the Sahel in general".
Israeli recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory was "a non-event", the Polisario added.
The Western Sahara dispute dates back to 1975, when colonial ruler Spain withdrew from the territory, sparking a 15-year war between Morocco and the Polisario which seeks the territory's independence.
Rabat controls nearly 80 percent of Western Sahara and sees the entire region, home to abundant phosphates and fisheries, as its sovereign territory.
Wednesday's Polisario statement said the Israeli move "confirms the alliance of a state and an entity which occupy, both militarily, Western Sahara and Palestine".
The Polisario continue to demand a UN-supervised self-determination referendum, which was agreed in a 1991 ceasefire accord but has still not taken place.
Algeria and Morocco have had no diplomatic ties since 2021, after months of tensions, and after Morocco controversially normalised relations with Israel as part of a series of US-backed deals with Arab states known as the Abraham Accords.
Palestinians view normalisation as a betrayal of their national cause.