Nearly six months after its deployment in Morocco, the Israeli head of mission is still working from his hotel.
Nearly six months after his deployment to Morocco, Israel’s head of mission in the North African country continues to work from his hotel, as he struggles to find premises for his office.
David Govrin was appointed head of Israel’s liaison office in Morocco in January after Rabat normalized relationships with Israel late last year, becoming the fourth Arab country do it in the last almost two years. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized ties with Israel in September last year, while Sudan remained the same earlier this year.
Previously, Egypt and Jordan were the only countries to have signed peace treaties with Israel in 1979 and 1994 respectively.
In return, the administration of former United States President Donald Trump agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim on the disputed region of Western Sahara.
According to the media in Morocco and Israel, people in the capital Rabat have refused to rent to the Israeli emissary.
“The agency hired to find accommodation in Govrin found a suitable residence in a residential area in an exclusive area of Rabat, and Govrin agreed and thought the apartment had the required security measures,” the last week the local Assahifa website.
“However, the problem was that the landlords flatly refused to rent their properties to the Israeli diplomat as soon as they knew who he was.”
The newspaper quoted a Moroccan source as saying the same had happened “in other residential buildings in the area.”
Govrin, a former ambassador to Egypt, is still staying in a hotel in Rabat, according to the newspaper.
The announcement of the normalization of ties with Israel in December had caused a stir in Morocco, where several protests were held to denounce the movement.
Morocco responded to the criticism by saying that the kingdom’s relations with Israel were “already normal” and that the measure was tantamount to “resuming” ties.
“From our perspective, we are not talking about normalization because relationships were already normal. We are talking [re-formalising] the relations between the countries and the relations we had because there have been relations all the time. They never stopped, “Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said in an interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper last year.
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More recently, thousands of Moroccans marched on cities across the country to denounce the latest 11-day Israeli bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip, with the ruling Justice and Development Party demanding the closure of the Gaza Strip. link of Israel. About 250 Palestinians were killed while rockets from Gaza killed 12 people in Israel.
Defense groups have criticized Israel for its “disproportionate attack” on Gaza, which has been under Israeli blockade by land, sea and air since 2007.
Last month, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Israel’s attacks on Gaza could constitute “war crimes” if they are shown to be disproportionate.
The United Nations defense body has agreed launch an open international investigation in rapes during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza, and in “systematic” abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories and in the interior of Israel.