Israel announced Tuesday, January 26, the reopening of a diplomatic mission in Morocco, twenty years after the closure of its representation, the two countries having normalized their relations in December. Ambassador of Israel in Egypt between 2016 and 2020, David Govrin arrived in Rabat during the day as a new charge d’affaires, said the Israeli foreign ministry, believing that it was a “Day of celebrations for the State of Israel”.
“David Govrin and his team will work to continue bilateral relations in all fields, including everything related to political dialogue, tourism, economy and cultural ties”, continues the ministry’s statement.
Morocco was the fourth Arab country to announce in 2020 the normalization of its relations with Israel, after the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. The two countries signed an agreement in December in Rabat to normalize their ties sponsored by the United States, with bilateral agreements focusing on direct air links, water management, connections of financial systems and a visa exemption for diplomats.
The largest Jewish community in North Africa
The Israeli government officially approved the deal on Sunday, but it still has to get the green light from MPs. Rabat closed its liaison office in Tel Aviv in 2000, at the start of the second Intifada (Palestinian uprising). Morocco is home to the largest Jewish community in North Africa, with some 3,000 people. About 700,000 Jews of Moroccan origin live in Israel.
Israeli diplomacy also announced the opening of the Israeli consulate general in Dubai on Tuesday. Tel Aviv announced on Sunday the opening of an embassy in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi, just over four months after the signing of the normalization agreement with this Arab Gulf monarchy.