Jerusalem, 24 July 1999

Statement by Prime Minister Ehud Barak on the Death of Hassan II of Morocco

A great leader of his people is no more – a visionary, a friend of all governments of Israel in their journey towards peace with the Arab people.

The people and government of Israel were shocked at the announcement of the death of King Hassan II of Morocco.

Throughout his life, Hassan II demonstrated rare courage and political wisdom as a pioneer of rapprochement with Israel and the building of political and economic bridges between the two countries.

He became a friend of the people of Israel and was beloved by Moroccan Jewry. All of Israel bow their heads in memory of him, and share in the grief of the entire Moroccan people.