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Kohavi meets members of Moroccan Jewish community during visit to Marrakesh

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi meets with a member of the Moroccan Jewish community at the  Slat al-Azama Great Synagogue, July 20, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi meets with a member of the Moroccan Jewish community at the Slat al-Azama Great Synagogue, July 20, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

During his official trip to Morocco, Israeli military chief Aviv Kohavi visits the local Jewish community in the Old City of Marrakesh.

Kohavi visits the local Jewish cemetery and attends a prayer service at the Slat al-Azama Great Synagogue, the Israel Defense Forces says, adding that he met with members of the community who fought in the Yom Kippur war and later returned to Morocco.

“Kohavi paid tribute to the community members and thanked them for their contribution to the Jewish people in both the State of Israel and the Jewish diaspora,” the IDF says in a statement.

“The Kingdom of Morocco is an ally of the State of Israel, and our bond constitutes an example of a deep and special connection between two nations based on a shared heritage. I feel a sense of pride and admiration to meet you, the Jewish community of Morocco, some of who fought for the State of Israel, and are today working here for the Jewish community and to deepen the connection with Israel,” Kohavi says in remarks provided by the IDF.

Later, Kohavi and the head of the IDF’s Intelligence Research Division, Brig. Gen. Amit Saar meet with the commander of the “Ben Guerir” Air Force Base.

The IDF says the two were “briefed by the base’s commander on the local UAV threat and received a presentation regarding the base’s F-16 Fighter Jet Squadron.”

“The commanders also discussed cooperation between the two militaries’ air forces,” the IDF adds.

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