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Statement on Israeli-Moroccan normalisation announcement

11 December 2020

The Zionist Federation of Australia congratulated the leaders and people of Israel and Morocco on Friday, after the announcement of normalisation between the two countries.

ZFA President Jeremy Leibler said, “This remarkable period of history has seen yet another country make the decision not to hold back its own people in servitude to a failed ideology of the past.”

Mr Leibler continued, “Morocco has a special place in the hearts of Israelis and Jews around the world. For two thousand years, it has hosted a thriving Jewish population. Morocco protected its Jewish population when under Nazi occupation, unlike so many European countries. After 1948, many Moroccan Jews came to call Israel home. The Moroccan influence in Israeli culture is profound and celebrated.”

On the diplomatic ramifications of the announcement, Mr Leibler said, “Israeli–Moroccan peace is good for Israelis, for Moroccans and for Palestinians. That His Majesty King Mohammed VI phoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas personally to expressed continued support for Israeli–Palestinian peace shows that Israel’s increasing diplomatic relations with regional countries is not a setback for Israeli–Palestinian peace, but a buttress for it.”

Mr Leibler also said that he has written to Moroccan ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Karim Medrek, welcoming the news.