Andre Azoulay, the Jewish advisor to the King of Morocco, will obtain the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor, in response to an announcement made by Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Sunday.
The highly-coveted prize is simply awarded to people who’ve “made a rare contribution to the State of Israel, the Jewish individuals and humanity.”
The 82-year-old Azoulay is a senior advisor to Moroccan King Mohammed VI and likewise served underneath the rule of the earlier Moroccan royal, King Hassan II.
The Israeli Workplace of the President pressured that Azoulay made “a rare contribution to the Jewish world and Moroccan Jewry and the State of Israel in cultivating and preserving relations with Morocco through the years, preserving Jewish heritage in Morocco and offering help and recommendation to Israeli leaders of their quest for peace within the Center East.”
In 2020, Azoulay established the “Beit Dakhira” heart within the attendance of the Moroccan king, which “serves as a gathering place for Muslims and Jews and even hosts artists and creators from Israel.”
Azulay is the daddy of French politician Audrey Azoulay, elected director-general of the United Nations Academic, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) in 2017.
Morocco and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 2020 as a part of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords. Nevertheless, the Israeli presidency credited Azoulay for selling peaceable Moroccan-Israeli relations years earlier than these ties had been formalized.
“His imaginative and prescient of creating pleasant and peaceable relations between Israel and Morocco was realized within the Abraham Accords and his affect is clear in each space of those relations,” learn the assertion from the Israeli president’s workplace.
Moroccan Jews in Israel and Morocco are a thriving and essential bridge between the 2 international locations. Tons of of 1000’s of Israelis have Moroccan Jewish heritage, together with Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Minister of Transport Miri Regev and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana.