The head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), General Aviv Kohavi, visited today the Moroccan air base of Benguerir (center), on the second day of a visit to develop bilateral relations in the field of security and information.
Also today, Aviv Kohavi met in Marrakech with members of the Jewish community, including some who participated in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War and returned to Morocco, according to a statement from the Israeli army.
On Tuesday, Kohavi met with the Moroccan Minister of Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, and with the inspector general of the Moroccan Armed Forces and commander of the South Zone, General El Farouk Belkheir, in the presence of the head of military intelligence, Brahim Hasani, and other military leaders, according to the Israeli Army.
During these meetings, the participants analyzed the possibilities of military cooperation “in the scope of training and education, as well as in the field of operations and information”, said the same source on Tuesday.
Military relations between Morocco and Israel were consolidated with the signing of a memorandum of understanding on security in November 2021, during the visit of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Moroccan soldiers participated in July 2021 in international military maneuvers to fight terrorism in Israel, while Israeli soldiers were, in June, as observers, in the ‘African Lion’ exercise, jointly between Morocco and the USA, the largest on the African continent.
Morocco and Israel re-established diplomatic relations in December 2020, after a 20-year rift, when Rabat froze relations with Tel Aviv after the Second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.
But family ties are strong, as more than a million Israelis are of Moroccan origin.
Source: With Agencies