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Israel accused of 'arrogance' over Morocco MPs
Published Tuesday 09/04/2013 (updated) 10/04/2013 12:03
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Karim Ghellab, who is now Morocco's parliament speaker, is pictured
on Dec. 18, 2008. (AFP/Abdelhak Senna)
RABAT (AFP) -- Morocco's parliament speaker accused Israel on Tuesday of arrogance for having barred two Moroccan MPs in an EU-led parliamentary team from entering the West Bank to meet Palestinian officials.

Karim Ghellab, in a statement, condemned what he branded a "discriminatory and arrogant act".

On Monday, Israeli authorities barred the two MPs accompanying EU parliamentarians from crossing into the West Bank, said one of the lawmakers, Mehdi Bensaid.

The MPs, whose country belongs to a PACE Middle East sub-committee, were part of the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Bensaid and Chekkaf instead staged a sit-in at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank until the EU visit was due to end on Tuesday afternoon.

The other 16 members of the delegation of the Council of the sub-committee were allowed to cross, Bensaid said.

Morocco is one of the rare Arab countries to receive Israeli officials despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations. Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania are the only Arab states to have forged full diplomatic ties with it.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/04/2013 03:22
Told ya it was a good move. Israel's doing what she can to help everyone make up their minds about her. The Flotilla, Zygier, this -- all steps in the right direction. And I'm behind you all the way. Believe me, I'm cheering. Stand tall Israel!

2 ) Diplomatic / Relations
10/04/2013 05:23
If Moroccans want to visit Israel or Israeli controlled area C of the West bank, they need to recognize Israel and establish diplomatic relations first. Moroccans should not put the car ahead of the horse - everything should be in the correct order. I am sure that Israel would answer positively on the Moroccan suggestion to establish normal diplomatic relations between those two countries.

3 ) outsider / Eu
10/04/2013 13:52
2) Shimon Peres and the King of Morocco have met more than once. This was indeed petty and arrogant at a time when we need visionary and patient.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
10/04/2013 14:32
#2 - You're quick to assume that it was "Area C" that they were destined for. Do you know something we don't?

5 ) Gad Ohayon / USA
11/04/2013 02:34
Israelis visit Morocco all the time with Israeli Passports. As a Jewish Moroccan, I am discussed with Israel action on this one.

6 ) Diplomatic / Relations
11/04/2013 12:18
Rami #4 - yes I do.
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