Knesset Speaker Commends ‘Open, Forward-looking Leadership’ of His Majesty the King

The speaker of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, Amir Ohana, hailed His Majesty King Mohammed VI for “His open and forward-looking leadership, His vision of peace and His innovative thinking”. The Sovereign, who is following in the footsteps of His Grandfather the late His Majesty Mohammed V and His father the late His Majesty Hassan II, is working even harder to preserve Hebraic heritage in Morocco, stressed Amir Ohana in an article published on Wednesday in the daily paper “Al Ahdath Al Maghribia”. A growing number of streets are bearing the names of Moroccan scholars of the Jewish faith, and museums and cultural sites of Moroccan Judaism are being opened thanks to the personal investment of His Majesty the King, said Ohana, who added that he will begin an official visit to the Kingdom tomorrow at the invitation of his Moroccan counterpart, Rachid Talbi El Alami, speaker of the House of Representatives. In this article, also published on the “L’Observateur du Maroc et d’Afrique” website, the speaker of the Knesset emphasized the framework of peace and prosperity in which the Moroccan Jewish community lives, stressing that His Majesty the King is the guarantor of the security, both spiritual and physical, of all Moroccan citizens regardless of their faith. Ohana, who spoke of his Moroccan origins, recalled that Jews from the Kingdom constitute one of Israel’s largest and most dynamic communities. Over the years, Moroccan Jews have become integrated in all areas: security, the economy, science and culture, he said, adding that many Israelis of Moroccan origin have been elected to positions of responsibility: members of the Knesset, ministers and now, for the first time, to the post of speaker of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. The speaker of the Knesset also hailed the tripartite Morocco-US-Israel agreement, which enabled the restoration of relations with the Jewish state, calling it “the most important breakthrough in recent decades”. This tripartite agreement, he noted, would “lead to historic agreements, widen the circle of peace and bring Nations closer together”, pointing out that peace offers so many opportunities and that cooperation in many fields is already in place. “There is hardly any area in which we don’t work together,” according to the Knesset speaker, who stressed that the restoration of relations with Israel has opened the way for Israelis to visit Morocco, which has become a popular tourist destination. “Those who come (to Morocco) always return with tales of the generosity of the Moroccan people, their human warmth, their love and compassion for others,” noted the Knesset speaker, who expressed optimism that peace would be achieved and promoted in the Middle East region, thanks in particular to the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.