Israel has received its first-ever shipment of esrogim from Morocco ahead of the Sukkos. The Moroccan esrog grows in the Atlas Mountains.
The decision to import approximately 1,500 esrogim was due to a push from Israel’s Sephardic community. A team from the Israeli Agricultural Ministry inspected the fruit to deem it worthy enough for importing before ordering the rest.
Though they agreed to the esrog deal, Israel and Morocco do not share formal diplomatic relations. But the two countries did have brief economic and cultural ties during the 1990s, following the Oslo Accords. Morocco was once home to more than 250,000 Jews, many of whom immigrated to Israel in the mid-20th century. Recent efforts have been made by Morocco to protect its Jewish history and to encourage Jewish tourism.