Since Morocco and Israel deepened their diplomatic relations in December 2020, there have been significant exchanges between the two countries. Israeli companies are finding business opportunities and tourists are already flocking to the Alawi kingdom. The North African country expects to receive 200,000 Israeli tourists, four times more than before the signing of the agreements that have improved diplomatic relations.
Some of the most notable commercial actions are the agreement between the Israeli group Gandyr through its subsidiary Marom and Gaia Energy Morocco. Under this partnership, 13 billion dirhams will be invested in the energy sector over the next two years. In addition, several Israeli companies are bidding for major projects in the field of water supply, including the Casablanca desalination plant, but also in the sectors of fisheries, cannabis cultivation, gas and precision agriculture.
In the tourism sector, Morocco is receiving a veritable flood of Israeli tourists who come to the country for various reasons. Some come to the Kingdom to party, others are attracted by the country's culture, to visit shrines, or to rediscover their family roots, as some 700,000 Israelis have origins in Morocco. According to forecasts, the Alawite kingdom is expected to receive around 200,000 Israeli tourists this year.
Some of the most important projects include the inauguration by the Israeli television channel i24News of two offices in Morocco on Monday, one in Rabat and the other in Casablanca. On the occasion of these inaugurations, a gala evening was held at the renowned Chellah venue in Rabat, attended by 500 well-known Moroccan, Israeli and foreign personalities. The television channel was created in Tel Aviv by a French-Israeli born in Morocco into a Jewish family. The new channel, which will come to the Kingdom as a result of good diplomatic relations, has 150 journalists in charge of three newsrooms in English, French and Arabic.
On the other hand, the arrival of SupPlant, a company dedicated to precision agriculture, which is responsible for calibrating risks according to the climate and the type of soil in which a plantation is planted, stands out.
In April alone, 2,000 Israeli tourists came to Morocco to celebrate 'Mimouna', a Moroccan-Jewish holiday marking the end of Passover. During this religious holiday, the faithful invite their neighbours, Jews and Muslims, to their homes for a meal to mark the end of Passover. "I came to Morocco to celebrate Mimouna in Essaouira. My grandmother, who lived there, told me many stories about the city's celebrations and I can't wait to witness them myself," said Sarah, in her 30s, a Moroccan Israeli tourist. "I think today Morocco is a safer place to celebrate the holiday," one of the visitors told The New Arab, as reported by the online newspaper bladi.net.
In the context of the new agreements reached between the two countries, Moroccan government spokesman Mustapha Baitas stressed that the government is not ashamed of any of the agreements reached with Israel. "The government supports all the agreements that our country has signed (with Israel), whether in the economic, social or political sectors," said Mustapha Baitas during the official inauguration ceremony of two offices of the Israeli television channel "i24news" in Morocco. He added that the government is not "ashamed" of this.