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Gantz meets with Moroccan Jews at Rabat synagogue

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz listens to a prayer by local Jewish community member Gavriel Dery during a visit to the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat on November 25, 2021. (Jonah MANDEL / AFP)
Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz listens to a prayer by local Jewish community member Gavriel Dery during a visit to the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat on November 25, 2021. (Jonah MANDEL / AFP)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz visits the Talmud Torah synagogue in Rabat, Morocco, meeting with the dwindling community’s leaders.

Speaking in the synagogue, Gantz hails the growing ties between Israel and Morocco in light of the large number of Israelis who came from the country or have parents or grandparents who did.

“Many of the people in the delegation have Moroccan roots, and this has been very exciting throughout these three days,” Gantz adds.

During the visit, the synagogue’s cantor recites Psalm 24, a prayer for the well-being of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, a prayer for the State of Israel and a prayer for the well-being of IDF soldiers.

“Hearing the prayer for the State of Israel and the prayer for the king together really strikes the right balance,” Gantz opines.

“As the Moroccans have been telling us, this is your second home. Well, Moroccan Jews should know that you also have a second home in Israel,” he says.

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