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Israel's DM Gantz visits Jewish community in Morocco

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (C) listens to a prayer by local Jewish community member Gavriel Dery during a visit to the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat on November 25, 2021.
Jonah MANDEL / AFPIsraeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (C) listens to a prayer by local Jewish community member Gavriel Dery during a visit to the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat on November 25, 2021.

Morocco normalized ties with the country last year in an agreement following the Abraham Accords

Israel's Defense Ministry Benny Gantz visited the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday, meeting with the community's Jewish leaders. 

Gantz spoke of the growing ties between Israel and Morocco, stating, “Many of the people in the delegation have Moroccan roots, and this has been very exciting throughout these three days,” according to Times of Israel

The synagogue's cantor recited Psalm 24, a prayer for the well-being of Morocco's king, a prayer for the State of Israel and a prayer for the well-being of Israeli soldiers. 

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“Hearing the prayer for the State of Israel and the prayer for the king together really strikes the right balance,” Gantz stated, according to Times of Israel.

“As the Moroccans have been telling us, this is your second home. Well, Moroccan Jews should know that you also have a second home in Israel,” he said.

This comes after Gantz signed a defense memorandum with the head of Morocco's National Defense Administration on Wednesday.

Israel’s Defense Ministry said that “the agreement is a significant step in the deepening relations of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco, which already benefit from increased economic cooperation, bilateral tourism, and warm people-to-people relations," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Morocco normalized ties with the country last year in an agreement following the Abraham Accords, in which the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain also established diplomatic relations with Israel.

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