The war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement suspended most meetings that were scheduled between the Moroccan Parliament and the Israeli Knesset at the end of this year and next year, according to an informed MoroccoLatestNews source in the Knesset.
The same source revealed that “a meeting between parliamentarians from Morocco and Israel that was scheduled to be held today, November 15, 2023, in Tangier did not take place due to the situation in the Gaza Strip.”
The MoroccoLatestNews source indicated that “communication continues and has not been interrupted between officials of the Moroccan Parliament and the Israeli Knesset at the present time, despite the ongoing war.”
The same responsible source stated, “The current war between Hamas and Netanyahu’s government has suspended all parliamentary meetings that were scheduled to be held in Morocco and Israel, provided that the matter will be discussed in the future.”
Last June, the Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Amir Ohana, visited the Kingdom of Morocco, where he was received by the Speakers of both chambers of the Moroccan Parliament and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
Last September, as a result of the emergency health illness that befell him, Al-Naam Mayara, Speaker of the Council of Advisors and Speaker of the Mediterranean Parliament, decided to postpone his parliamentary visit, which was scheduled for September 6 and 7, 2023, to both the Palestinian National Council and the Israeli Knesset.
A statement received by MoroccoLatestNews explained that “Al-Naam Mayara fell ill in the capital, Amman, at the conclusion of the official visit he made to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the invitation of Faisal Al-Fayez, President of the Jordanian Senate, which required him to be admitted to the hospital and undergo in-depth examinations and treatment, and thus he is unable to continue.” His parliamentary tour, which was programmed.”
In the middle of last month, the Moroccan House of Representatives expressed its great concern about the events taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories, noting that “for more than ten days, innocent civilians have been paying the price for unprecedented military actions, violence coupled with a comprehensive siege, and depriving more than two million Palestinians of The right to hospitalization and the minimum necessities of life, such as water, electricity, food, and medicine….”
The Council’s statement called for “an immediate end to this suffering and an end to the war, in a way that opens up horizons for diplomatic and political action, within the framework of a process that should lead, in the end, to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its institutions and internationally recognized borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.”
During Ohana’s visit to Morocco, the Israeli Knesset and the Moroccan Parliament signed a memorandum of understanding to develop bilateral parliamentary relations in various fields, the most important of which is the legislative field.
Last May, the formation of the Israeli-Moroccan Parliamentary Friendship Group was announced, which has recently faced demands for its dissolution by the Justice and Development Party.
In the latest international meetings on the Palestinian issue in which Morocco participates, Aziz Ahnoush, Prime Minister of Morocco, stressed, during his reading of the contents of the royal message to the participants in the joint Arab-Islamic summit, “the necessity of firmness in the face of Israeli attacks.”