Israel recalls Morocco envoy over harassment and corruption

Delicate relations between countries put at risk

07 September, 14:30

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, SEPT. 7 - A case of suspected harassment and irregularities could put delicate relations between Morocco and Israel at risk.

    The Israeli government has recalled David Grovin, head of the Israeli liaison office in Morocco, because he has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment and financial and administrative irregularities committed while in his position in Rabat.

    The case was reported on Wednesday by both Moroccan and Israeli media outlets.

    Grovin is also suspected of not reporting an expensive gift from the royal family and of having allowed one of his acquaintances to hold a diplomatic event despite his not holding any position within the Moroccan royal family.

    The Israeli foreign ministry has confirmed that it opened an inquiry into the case some weeks ago but no comment has been made by the man accused nor the Moroccan government.

    The case might put delicate relations between Israel and Morocco at risk once again, after the former US administration under President Donald Trump had mediated between the two in December 2020 as part of a broader diplomatic detente that year between Israel and some Arab nations.

    The normalisation agreements reshaped the alliances and political horizons of the Middle East and North Africa.

    Prior to being appointed head of the liaison office of the foreign ministry, Govrin was Israeli ambassador to Cairo in 2016.

    He has also held several roles within the foreign ministry, including as director of the Jordan department, director of the political planning department, and advisor to Israel's permanent delegation at the UN.


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