On second day of historic visit, IDF chief tours Moroccan airbase, Jewish communities
July 21, 2022
Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi’s three-day visit is being hosted by Moroccan Defense Minister Abdellatif Loudiyi and army commander Lt. Gen. Belkhir el-Farouk.
On the second day of his historic visit to Morocco, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Wednesday toured the “Ben Grier” airbase of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, as well as neighborhoods where the country’s Jewish community developed.
Kochavi’s three-day visit, the first-ever public visit by Israel’s top soldier in uniform to the Arab state, is being hosted by Moroccan Defense Minister Abdellatif Loudiyi and army commander Lt. Gen. Belkhir el-Farouk. Kochavi is accompanied on the trip by the head of the IDF Intelligence Research Division, Brig. Gen. Amit Sa’ar.
At the airbase, Kochavi met with commander Col. Maj. Hassan Mahuar, and the two discussed cooperation between the countries’ air forces.
On Tuesday, Kochavi and his delegation toured the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces’ Paratroopers Brigade headquarters.
Kochavi later met with members of the Moroccan Jewish community in Marrakesh.
“Morocco is an ally to Israel, and is an example of deep connections between peoples based on a common heritage,” he said during that meeting.