Moroccan Jews Await Commercial Flights To Israel

Moroccan Jews may be packing their suitcases to board direct flights to Israel after the kingdom normalised ties in December, in a US brokered deal.

But tickets for regular commercial flights have yet to go on sale due to bureaucratic delays and the coronavirus pandemic.

The first direct commercial flight headed from Tel Aviv to Rabat in December after Morocco became the sixth Arab League member to normalise ties with Israel.

As part of the deal, the US agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.

Many in Casablanca welcome peace and the possible tourism benefits.

Israel had established liaison offices in Morocco in the 1990s.

But they were closed in the early 2000s when relations broke down after the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising.

The re-opening of the liaison offices could make it much easier for Moroccans to obtain visas to visit Israel.

Morocco is home to North Africa’s biggest Jewish community and the ancestral homeland of some 700,000 Israelis.

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