The Moroccan Connection: The Secret Relationship Between Israel and Morocco

Segev’s book is a revealing account of the secret Israeli-Moroccan relationship. While publicly Morocco is part of the Arab world, which is largely hostile to Israel; underneath, the two are allies. The book details how the Mossad and the Moroccans begun cooperating just a few years after Morocco gained independence. The relationship evolved when the Mossad’s secret efforts to arrange for Jewsih immigration from Morocco to Israel run into problems and Israel decided to be more open with the Moroccans about immigration. In the 1960’s the relationship were expended. Both countries exchanged intelligence information about their mutual enemies: Algeria and Egypt. In the mid 1960’ it was suggested that Israel helped Morocco to assassinate Morocco’s opposition leader, Ben Barake. Segev argues that Israel had only a minor role there. The 1970’s saw a new and expanded relationship. King Hasan 2, had become a major player in brokering Arab-Israeli peace. He was host to a secret Egyptian-Israeli meeting in 1977 between General Moshe Dayan, Israel’s foreign Minister, and Hasan Tohami a top advisor top Egyptian President Sadat. The meeting paved the way to Sadat’s surprise visit to Jerusalem in November 1977, which led to the Israeli-Egyptian peace process. In the 1980’s the relationship were advanced due to internal developments in Israel: The rise of Israeli Moroccan Jews to power there. SDome of them, most notably former Minister Raphi Edri, had become an important bridge between the two nations. In the 1990’s Hasan was again central in assisting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Segev concludes the book with a brief discussion of the new king, Muhammad VI, who still supports the relationship, but takes less of a public posture on the matter.
Published: March 24, 2008

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