The relationship between Israel and Morocco has not been properly studied since October 2000, when the official relations between the two countries were severed. Through this article I hope to shed light on the existing and potential relationship between the two countries.
About one million Moroccan Jews currently live in Israel and tens of thousands of Israelis visit Morocco every year for tourism purposes, business or family visits. This reality leads the relations between Israel and Morocco to be warm and unique. There are countless surprising examples of cooperation that cannot be found in Israel’s relations with any other Arab or Muslim country. Still, the cooperation between Israel and Morocco is far from realizing its potential. It is limited due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is influenced by the boycott movements in Morocco. The relationship between Israel and Morocco has not been properly studied since October 2000, when the official relations between the two countries were severed. This article is intended to shed light on the existing and potential relationship between the two countries.
The article includes four parts: the first part provides a historical, social and political background on Morocco and the Israeli-Moroccan friendship as it has developed over the years; the second part deals with the interests and characteristics of the cooperation between the two countries and analyzes the potential, while addressing the political, security, economic, business and civil society spheres; the third part includes a mapping of the existing initiatives carried out by Israelis and Moroccans; and the last part deals with the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the relations between the two countries.
This article is part of the “Israel-Arab Relations: The Unfulfilled Potential” project of the Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. A link to the full text of the research is available in the first reply.Israel and Morocco: Cooperation Rooted in Heritage