Israel Extends a Helping Hand to Earthquake-Affected Morocco

In a heartfelt gesture showcasing international camaraderie, Israel is rallying its forces to support Morocco in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. The tremor, originating from the Atlas Mountains southwest of Marrakech, registered a staggering 6.8 on the Richter scale, leaving over 1,000 people dead and countless others injured. As the numbers continue to rise, with many regions still unreached, the spirit of brotherhood emanating from the Israeli community remains undeterred.

Upon learning of the calamity, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called upon the nation’s agencies to extend all possible assistance to Morocco. In a statement from his office, he said, “The people of Israel extend their hands to our friends, the people of Morocco, at this difficult time and pray for their well-being. We will help in any way we can.”

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has also mobilized the Israel Defense Forces, specifically directing the Home Front Command’s rescue units to be on standby to offer immediate emergency relief.

As rescue and humanitarian teams eagerly await the green light from Moroccan officials to launch their mission, Israel’s commitment remains unwavering. Dorit Avidani, the Israeli consul in Rabat, has already been dispatched to the most affected areas of Morocco to evaluate the immediate requirements.

Thanks to the Abraham Accords, a US-mediated pact from December 2020, Israel and Morocco have seen a renewal of their diplomatic ties. This strengthening relationship was further cemented in July when Israel recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. These developments led to the transformation of Morocco’s liaison office in Tel Aviv into a fully-fledged embassy, marking a significant milestone in the two nations’ shared history.

Indeed, the ties between Israel and Morocco run deep. A vast majority of Israelis are of Moroccan descent, with a significant number having direct Moroccan lineage. Morocco itself is home to about 3,000 Jews. Furthermore, last year saw more than 200,000 Israelis flocking to Morocco, taking advantage of relaxed COVID travel restrictions.

In this hour of need, it’s heartwarming to see nations come together, transcending boundaries and political differences. Israel’s response to Morocco’s crisis is a testament to the enduring values of compassion, solidarity, and brotherhood that the State of Israel upholds.