The Islamists of the PJD have expressed their staunch refusal to collaborate or deal with Israel. They have just declined an invitation from the head of the Israeli liaison office in Rabat for the commemoration of the creation of the State of Israel.
The deputies of the Justice and Development Party will not take part in the festivities linked to the commemoration of the creation of the Jewish State. In a press release, the secretariat took a position that contrasts with that adopted during the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco.
The latest events having occurred between Israelis and Palestinians in the holy city of Al Quds, have just thrown an icy cold in what could seem like the birth or even an improvement of “relations” between Moroccan political parties and Israel.
As a sign of the Kingdom’s strong dissatisfaction, in recent days Morocco has firmly denounced on several occasions through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the “repeated provocations” of the Israeli authorities on the Esplanade of the Mosques and in particular those of a minister far-right Israeli.
The Islamist party of the PJD, whose DNA supports the Palestinian cause against the dispossession of the Palestinian territories by Israel, had nevertheless chosen to support the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Morocco and the signing of the Tripartite Declaration between Morocco, Israel and the United States at the end of 2020.
This position taken by the party, which was in business in Morocco at the time, should have been considered and appreciated by the Israeli authorities who, for once, found a positive echo in so-called “Islamist” circles.
However, the election of an extreme right-wing government in Israel and the continuous rhythm of provocations offending the international community and particularly the feelings of all Muslims, including the most tolerant, understanding and welcoming of the Jewish state, those who encouraged peace initiatives, finally got the better of all the goodwill expressed before.
It is logical that the secretariat of the PJD published a statement that sounds like a step back. The invitation of the members of the Lamp party to this commemoration of the creation of Israel was perceived as “insolence” on the part of the head of the liaison office Shai Cohen.
The formation recalled that this occasion “represents nothing but the remembrance of the +Nakba, the Zionist occupation of the land of Palestine and the deportation of the brotherly Palestinian people, which continues to this day”.
The PJD seems to be washing its hands and completely disassociating itself from this “friendship” between Morocco and Israel. The political formation led by the former head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, refused to take part in the activities of the Morocco-Israel parliamentary friendship group created on May 16, in the midst of provocations from the Israeli side in Al Quds.
The party also spoke out against the upcoming visit of Speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, Amiri Ohana, an Israeli of Moroccan descent.