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Israel’s President congratulates Morocco’s King Mohammed VI for historic World Cup mark




Israel’s President Isaac Herzog joined a growing list of leaders, celebrating Morocco’s win against Portugal.

Herzog tweeted his congratulations to Morocco, describing the win as “a historic achievement.”

“I congratulate His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people for the historic achievement in the World Cup…Congratulations!” Herzog said on Twitter.

Several Israeli officials joined their president to congratulate Morocco, including Minister of Regional cooperation Issawi Frej.

“We thought for a moment that we have reached the climax, but the Moroccan national team proved today that there are no limits to what is possible in a team that cannot be broken,” he said.


Among the millions of fans,  thousands of Jewish football fans celebrated Morocco’s national team’s historic win.

Thousands of fans took to the streets in Tel Aviv and many other streets to celebrate Morocco’s victory.

Palestinians also erupted with joy to celebrate Morocco following the win.

Morocco crushed Portugal 1-0 on Saturday to become the first African and Arab country to qualify for the semi-finals in World Cup history.

Several heads of states congratulated Morocco for its win, including Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, among others.


The US also congratulated Morocco. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday: “Africa making history and leading on and off the field. On the eve of the the #USAfricaLeadersSummit22, I congratulate @EnMaroc, the #AtlasLions, on their win today and becoming the first African and Arab team to ever reach the semi-finals of the @FIFAWorldCup. #DimaMaghrib.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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