The Moroccan Justice and Development Party (JDP), the leader of the government coalition, said that “the Palestinian issue is a national issue for the Kingdom,” noting that the Charge d’Affairs of the Israeli Liaison Office in Rabat, David Goffrin, “inserted his nose into what he does not concern, and we were pleased with the Moroccan unanimity rejecting its diplomatic patronage.”
The statement came in a press interview organized by the JDP on Friday evening, in the first official response to Govrin’s criticism of Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani.
Souleymane El Amrani, the Deputy Secretary-General of the JDP, said, “We were pleased with the brilliant victory of the Palestinian resistance to the extent that we are pleased with the Moroccan consensus in rejecting some diplomatic frivolities that exceeded the logic of diplomatic rules.”
He added, “The Palestinian cause is a national issue, and the Kingdom of Morocco has been and will continue to provide the necessary and possible support to the Palestinians,” noting that what the Kingdom has done in the last stage is “a new, renewed title for Morocco’s continuous and limitless support.” El Amrani also expressed the happiness of his party by stating, “The Zionist conflict and criminality in Gaza, Jerusalem, and in all the regions of Palestine did not get away with it, and we were pleased with the brilliant victory of the Palestinian resistance.”
Goffrin had criticized Othmani after congratulating the head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, on “the victory in the Gaza war.”
On December 10, Israel and Morocco announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between each other after their cessation in 2000, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to agree to a normalization during 2020, after the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan.