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Israel Prime Minister hails Morocco's «historic» normalization agreement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. / DR
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Morocco’s «historic» normalization agreement in a speech delivered, Thursday, at Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Kotel.

Netanyahu’s words come after Morocco announced that it is normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel, as the United States recognized the Kingdom’s sovereignty over the Sahara and promised the opening of a consulate in Dakhla.

«I have always believed that this day would come and I have worked for it», said Netanyahu while standing next to the American ambassador. «I want to first thank President Trump for his extraordinary efforts (…) want to thank too the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, for taking this historic decision to bring historic peace between us», he said.

Netanyahu recalled that the «tremendous friendship shown by the Kings of Morocco» and the «hundreds of thousands of these Moroccan Jews who came to Israel formed a human bridge between the two countries».

Talking diplomacy, Netanyahu promised that after reopening liaison offices in both Morocco and Israel, he will «work as rapidly as possible to establish full diplomatic relations» and «institute direct flights between Morocco and Israel, giving this bridge of peace an even more solid foundation».

In a royal statement released earlier on Thursday, King Mohammed VI announced that Morocco will reopen liaison offices in Rabat and Tel Aviv, establish direct flights to and from Israel for all Israelis and promote economic cooperation between Israeli and Moroccan companies.

In the same statement, the Sovereign reaffirmed Morocco’s «stable and balanced position on the Palestinian issue, stressing that Morocco supports a solution based on two states living side by side in peace and security, and that negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli parties remain the only way to reach a final, lasting and comprehensive solution to this conflict».

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