Middle East Center for Reporting an Analysis
World Jewish Council President welcomes Morocco normalizations with Israel
Peace appears to be blooming in the Middle East as the US announced a new normalization that will likely occur with Morocco. Morocco and Israel have had ties for many years but building on past relations is important to get to the next step.
A statement from the WJC reads as follows. "WJC President Ronald S. Lauder welcomed the announcement that the State of Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries. The WJC has a long and warm relationship with its Moroccan affiliate, the Conseil des Communautés Israelites du Maroc (Council of Jewish Communities of Morocco)."
“The World Jewish Congress is pleased to see continued progress across the Middle East and North Africa region as Morocco follows the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan in normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel. This agreement is the latest evidence of shifting societal attitudes toward Israel in the region, and I hope that this move will encourage others to follow their lead," he said.
Lauder has been important in pushing for these peace deals in the past. In May 2020 he had an article in Arab News. See here.
“I express my gratitude to the Trump administration for its leadership as a growing number of countries in this region are establishing agreements with Israel, and my congratulations to Prime Minister Netanyahu on yet another milestone in the transformation of the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East and North Africa. To His Majesty King Mohammed VI, thank you for recognizing the contributions of Morocco’s vibrant Jewish community to Jewish life in your country, the larger region and the world, and for your steadfast opposition to antisemitism of any kind. Together with our affiliate, the Conseil des Communautés Israelites du Maroc, we look forward to working with the Kingdom of Morocco as it deepens engagement with Israel and the Jewish people worldwide," he said.
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