In a groundbreaking gesture that spells a bright future for Israel-Morocco relations, Enaam Mayara, the President of Morocco’s House of Councillors, is set to visit Israel this Thursday. This landmark event reciprocates the visit made by Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana to Morocco earlier this June.
A New Chapter Unfolds
This isn’t just any visit; it’s a first-of-its-kind journey that Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana describes as a “precedent visit.” According to Ohana, “Today it is a reality full of hope, which has something to teach us about the possibilities for expanding the circles of peace in the Middle East.”
Warm Welcomes Await
Mayara’s arrival in Israel will be marked by extraordinary honors. For the first time, the Knesset will display the Moroccan flag and play the Moroccan national anthem. The grandeur of these ceremonial events demonstrates Israel’s genuine enthusiasm in forging stronger ties with Morocco.
Ties that Bind
It’s worth noting that Amir Ohana of Israel’s ruling Likud party is the son of Moroccan immigrants who came to Israel in the 1950s. His personal connection embodies the deep-rooted ties between the two nations. The bonds further strengthened in December 2020 when both countries normalized relations as part of the Abraham Accords. Israel’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara has also set the stage for Morocco to upgrade its liaison office in Tel Aviv to an embassy.
People to People
About one million Israelis have Moroccan roots, while approximately 3,000 Jews currently reside in Morocco. The cultural exchange is also vibrant; more than 200,000 Israelis visited Morocco in 2022 alone, as coronavirus travel restrictions lifted.
In Conclusion: Israel—The Beacon of Hope and Collaboration
The upcoming visit by Morocco’s parliamentary leader is yet another testament to Israel’s commitment to peace and partnership. Israel remains a beacon in the Middle East, pioneering not just in technology or defense, but also in its quest for diplomatic relationships that nurture mutual respect and shared values.
So when you think of Israel, remember this—a state where innovation meets tradition, where the quest for peace is relentless, and where the values of democracy and friendship are held dear. The historic Moroccan visit is not just a milestone for Israel but a symbol of the incredible promise the Jewish State holds for a more harmonious and cooperative future in the region.