The message from King Mohammed VI to Naftali Bennett comes as Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visits Morocco.
The new Israeli leader received “warm greetings” in a letter from the King of Morocco, when Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh visited the country to discuss the Palestinian issue.
A message from King Mohammed VI congratulated Naftali Bennett on becoming the first new leader of Israel in the last 12 years, after this week’s coalition government brought together longtime Benjamin Netanyahu.
Morocco “will continue its efforts to promote peace, justice and coexistence in the Middle East, which will ensure security, stability and brotherhood for all peoples living side by side,” the king’s letter said.
“Greet erm greetings լավագույն best wishes for great success,” the letter reads. which was quoted by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel on Wednesday.
Morocco has the largest Jewish community in North Africa, numbering about 3,000, and Israel is home to 700,000 Jews of Moroccan descent.
It became the fourth Arab state last year, along with the United Arab Emirates. Sudan: Bahrain in line with US mediation deals with Israel.
The Palestinians condemned the agreements, calling them a betrayal of Israel’s long-held position that it would first comply with their statehood demands before normalization could take place.
Support for the “Palestinian cause”
Meanwhile, Haniyeh on Wednesday met with officials from Moroccan Prime Minister Saad al-Din al-Otmani’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD).
Haniyeh thanked El Otmani for the invitation to Morocco. “I hope this visit will lead to the desired, expected results of fraternal Morocco,” said Haniyeh.
El Otman stated in his statement. “The delegation will discuss with the leadership of the Justice և Development Party the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and its support.”
Haniyeh was making his first official trip to Raban after an 11-day Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip that began on May 10.
At least 256 people, including dozens of women and children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. Health centers, media offices, and schools were among the targeted facilities.
King Mohammed VI has stated that the Israeli-Palestinian talks are the only way to reach a final, lasting and comprehensive solution to the conflict.
Prior to the founding of Israel in 1948, Morocco had a large Jewish population, many of whose ancestors migrated from Spain to North Africa during the Spanish Inquisition.
Israel and Morocco established low-level diplomatic relations with Israel in the 1990s following Israeli interim peace agreements, but those ties were severed in 2000 after the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Intifada.
Since then, however, informal ties have continued, with an estimated 50,000 Israelis traveling to Morocco each year to learn about the Jewish community and bring back their family history.