Lapid's Visit Reignitied Morocco's Longstanding Rift With Its Neighbor, but It's Not About Israel

Israel is due to play a complicated role in the upcoming Moroccan elections, as the rift between the kingdom and neighboring Algeria grows

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
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“Normalization with Israel is painful and difficult, but the national interest is more important,” Moroccan Prime Minister Saed-Eddine El Othmani said in a television interview on August 8, three days before Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid landed in the Moroccan capital of Rabat. Othmani stressed, though, that he didn’t intend to meet with Lapid personally.

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