Labor party chairman Amir Peretz met on Friday with Morocco's King Muhammed VI at the king's palace in Fez, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Peretz, who arrived in Morocco on Thursday and was due to return to Israel on Sunday, said that he initiated the meeting in hopes of opening communication between Israel and the Arab world, and that Morocco played a pivotal role in that process, Israel Radio reported.
While Israel would fight an "uncompromising" war on Hamas and other terror organizations, Peretz asserted, the fight was with those groups and not with Arabs as a group.
Mohammed welcomed Peretz' overture, calling it a "brave step."
In November, President Moshe Katsav issued a public invitation to King Muhammad to come to Israel on an official visit and to help sow the seeds of peace in the region.
Katsav, who is aware of the extraordinary measures taken by the Moroccan king to safeguard his Jewish subjects, applauded him for his strong stand against anti- Semitism and expressed the hope that diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel would be renewed in the near future.Article in Haaretz