Israeli Istoric visit to Morocco
On Tuesday Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrived in Morocco on a “historic” visit aimed at bolstering ties between the countries, at a time when Rabat is embroiled in a standoff over Western Sahara.
The two-day trip comes less than a year after Morocco normalized ties with Israel in a deal brokered by former US president Donald Trump’s administration.
In return, Washington recognized the North African kingdom’s sovereignty over the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
Gantz — the first Israeli defense minister to make an official visit to Morocco — has said he will sign defense “cooperation agreements” with Moroccan counterparts and “continue to strengthen ties.”
The former Israeli army chief added it was crucial that the “historic” trip proved “successful.”
His chartered El Al flight landed in Rabat late Tuesday, ahead of a day-and-a-half of meetings, including with the Moroccan defense and foreign ministers, and a visit to a synagogue.
The trip aims to “set the foundation for all future security cooperation between Israel and Morocco,” a source familiar told