Nostalgia for the roots is a feeling that a person cannot hide, regardless of the distances involved and the length of time.
A feeling brought about by the peace agreement signed by Rabat and Tel Aviv when Meir Ben Shabat, head of the Israeli National Security Agency, expressed his nostalgia for his Moroccan origins.
Nostalgia for the roots did not stop at the boundaries of the event’s protocols but rather spoke the Moroccan dialect.
Meir, who headed the Israeli delegation, coming from Tel Aviv to Rabat on a direct flight, the first of its kind in the history of the two countries, was unable to overcome his longing for his motherland and his longing for customs and traditions; he said that he “is still preserving them like the rest of the Moroccan Jews.” in Israel.”
With the first sentence uttered by Meir Ben Shabat, broad smiles were drawn on the Moroccan journalists’ faces, who were affected by the speaker’s sincerity and his attachment to his Moroccanness.
Meir began his speech by greeting his Moroccan brothers, referring to the phrase “May God increase your goodness,” which is said in the Moroccan dialect of the house owner dedicated to honoring his guest.
He followed his words with the praise of God for “this blessed day and this blessed hour,” expressing his intense joy at this visit, which is the joy that he said, “I cannot hide it. Everything is clearly visible on my face, as words come out of my mouth, and my heart is very joyful.” Before, he wishes all joy to the Jews and Moroccans.
In the wake of that, the speaker expressed his pride in his presence in Morocco as head of the official delegation to establish relations with Morocco, considering that the trip that took him from Tel Aviv to Rabat is historic in every sense of the word, especially as it came to “turn a dream into reality.”
From grandparents to grandchildren
In the context of his speech, Meir gave a Hebrew proverb which means, “Ask your father to tell you, and ask your grandfather, he will tell you,” noting in this regard that the great happiness that he overwhelmed with being in Morocco has more personal than political reasons.
He continued that his late father, his mother, who is still alive, in addition to his older brothers, grew up and studied in Morocco before their immigration to Israel, explaining that the matter is related to thousands of Jews in Israel who were brought up in Moroccan traditions, morals, and morals.
The spokesman celebrated his previous life in Morocco, explaining that it was characterized by luxury and health.
“We used to meet daily, in the morning and evening, and listen to the news on the radio and listen to the news in the Moroccan dialect, and his family and children are still living all Moroccan traditions and customs,” before concluding by saying, “Living in safety has no price. We look forward to receiving you soon in Israel.”
Bin Shabat, who was born to a religious family from Dimona (south) in 1966, is “the secretary of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu” in the eyes of the Israeli media.
He is the second son of a family of 14, and he is a constant companion of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in sensitive meetings. He is often assigned to tasks characterized by extreme secrecy.
After that, the speaker conveyed the thanks of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, for his courageous leadership and long-term vision.
He explained that the good relations between the palace and the Moroccan people in general, and the Jews in particular, are known worldwide, as they form a bridge between the two countries and a pillar for building peace between the Moroccan and Israeli peoples.
It should be noted that the Moroccan monarch, King Mohammed VI, singled out Meir Ben Shabat, in addition to Jalid Kouchner, and the rest of the American-Israeli delegation to a special reception at the Royal Palace in Rabat.
This reception is considered the first royal activity since the beginning of the outbreak of the Kurna pandemic last March, which imposed new and special conditions and protocols on royal activities in Morocco.