The escort of Chief Rabbi Haim Corsia to French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Algeria, Thursday morning, drew the attention of Algerians and observers, wondering about the reasons for this visit.
On Thursday, Emmanuel Macron is expected to start a second three-day visit to Algeria, accompanied by a delegation of more than 90 people, including Chief Rabbi Haim Corsia.
Haim Corsia is a French Jewish cleric whose father is from Oran and his mother is from Tlemcen, both of whom lived in the city of Oran in western Algeria.
The origins of his family go back to the Sephardic Jews, which are the Jews that come from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal).
This rabbi does not hesitate to express his pro-Israeli positions, denying in several interviews that Israel is an apartheid state.
Born in 1963 after Algerian independence, Corsia rose to the position of chief rabbi in France in 2014 and was re-elected in June 2021 for a new 7-year term.
Observers wonder if this rabbi’s visit marked the beginning of normalization between Israel and Algeria by reviving the Jewish presence there. It is known that the Algerian president has repeatedly declared his rejection of any rapprochement with Israel.
Macron is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, Thursday, around two in the afternoon GMT, at Algiers airport, where he will be received by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and together they will attend a ceremony “in honor of the martyrs.” “, before holding the first face-to-face meeting, which will conclude with a joint statement and a dinner organized by the host.
The French head of state will visit a Christian and Jewish cemetery to commemorate those “murdered by France”, and will meet with young businessmen before having another meeting with Taboun at the lunch table.
After a meeting with the French community at the residence of the French ambassador, Macron will head to the city of Oran to dedicate Saturday to visits with a social dimension.