Conference of Presidents Welcomes Normalization of Relations Between Israel and Morocco

New York, NY

 . . . Arthur Stark, Chairman, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We applaud the normalization of relations between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco, continuing the rapid transformation of the relationship between the Jewish State and the Muslim world. We commend President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and King Mohammed VI for furthering the cause of peace. The Conference knows Morocco and its Jewish community well, having engaged with Morocco and its people during numerous leadership missions to the country over many years, including as recently as 2018.

Since August, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and now Morocco have all made peace with Israel. These landmark diplomatic agreements set the Middle East on a different path, where reconciliation replaces rejectionism and old enemies become new friends. As more of Israel’s former foes choose peace, Palestinian leadership will become increasingly isolated in its refusal to recognize and negotiate with the Jewish State. Their stubborn reluctance to consider peaceful coexistence will render them woefully out of step with the rest of the Arab and Muslim world. We call upon the Palestinian Authority to cease its obstruction and finally return to the negotiating table in order to reach a true and lasting peace with Israel.

We also salute the American, Israeli, and Moroccan diplomats who achieved this historic agreement. We look forward to the exchange of ambassadors and embassies, economic cooperation, and greater cultural bonds between Israel and Morocco in the days ahead.”

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