He’s deployed his top Muslim scholars to counter the “Theology of the Radicals” with the “Theology of the Reformers.”
And he’s protecting Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims – yet he rarely seeks the spotlight.
I call him the “Reclusive Reformer.”
So, who is King Mohammed VI?
What are his values? What is his vision for the future of Morocco? And is he an ally that Americans, Israelis and Evangelicals can truly trust?
On the most recent episode of The Rosenberg Report, I took TBN viewers to Rabat, the capital of Morocco – inside an Islamic kingdom, and even a royal palace – to ask tough questions and get straight answers.
And this stunning intelligence coup gave Israeli leaders the decisive edge, helping them win the Six-Day War in 1967.
A decade later, Hassan played a quiet, backchannel role bringing Egyptian and Israeli officials together in Rabat to explore, leading to the Camp David Accords, the first Arab-Israeli peace treaty in history.
What makes the royal family’s kindness towards America, Jews and Israel all the more remarkable is that they can trace their lineage back to the 7th century founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad.
Indeed, this lineage is one of the many reasons the family – and the current monarch, King Mohammed VI – is revered by Morocco’s 36 million citizens, 99% of whom are Muslims.
But he’s also deeply appreciated because he’s done so much to make Morocco the most stable and secure country in North Africa – capturing and killing al-Qaeda and other terrorists inside the kingdom and breaking off all relations with Iran.
WHY DID KING MOHAMMED VI MAKE PEACE WITH ISRAEL?
That said, no decision better reveals the moderate values and forward-looking vision of Morocco’s monarch than his courageous decision on Dec. 10, 2020, to formalize peace with Israel.
So, when Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita invited me to visit the kingdom and bring a TBN film crew, I immediately accepted.
When I arrived at the Foreign Ministry, Bourita greeted us warmly. Joining me were board members from The Joshua Fund, our ministry to bless Israel and her Arab neighbors, Dave and Michelle Rofkahr, who were in Morocco for the first time.
What we learned was so encouraging.
Trade between Israel and Morocco jumped almost 20% in 2021 – and it’s soaring this year, as well.
There are now direct flights between Tel Aviv and Casablanca.
The planes are packed with tourists, business leaders and investors.
And Morocco is excited about building stronger and deeper economic, cultural and diplomatic ties with Israel.
What I didn’t fully appreciate until I came here to Rabat and met with a range of sources was that the king’s decision to normalize relations came as a wholly unexpected reversal of the policy of Morocco’s then-sitting prime minister.
What’s more, the king demanded Othmani sign the normalization documents.
Othmani did, but privately seethed.
In May 2021, Othmani actually sent a letter to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, congratulating him on the group’s “victory” over Israel – which he called the “Zionist entity” – after Hamas fired more than 4,000 rockets from Gaza at innocent civilians in Israel.
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