Prince William to visit Palestinian Territories, Israel
Prince William to visit Palestinian Territories, Israel
Prince Charles seen during the funeral late former President Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem
02 March, 2018, 08:25
This would be the first official state visit to Israel by a member of the British royalty, though three trips have been made in an unofficial capacity.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the British royal's trip would be "a historic visit" to his country.
"I have instructed the Foreign Ministry director general to coordinate the preparations ahead of the visit in order to ensure its success", the Prime Minister said.
"The Palestinians and their leadership warmly welcome the news of Prince William's forthcoming visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and are deeply appreciative of the consistent support of #TheRoyalFamily for Palestinian self-determination", tweeted the official account of the Palestinian Mission UK. He and his wife, Kate, are expecting their third child in April.
Other foreign trips made by royals, such as attendance at funerals or weddings, are not made at the request of Britain's Foreign Office and are therefore not classed as official visits.
The visit is happening at the request of the Her Majesty's Government, and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.
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Important and unique opportunity to promote diplomatic and cultural ties in the region'.
An official visit, which must be requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has always been a dream for British supporters of Israel, and the lack of one was described as a "stain" on relations by Conservative Friends of Israel honourary president Lord Stuart Polak.
President Reuven Rivlin also took to Twitter following Kensington Palace's announcement, calling the Prince "a very special guest", and the occasion "a very special present for our 70th year of independence".
The country is the last resting place of the heir to the throne's paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who is buried on the Mount of Olives at the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Prince Charles of Wales, for example, attended the 2016 funeral of late president Shimon Peres. In 2007, the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen's cousin, visited an eye clinic in the West Bank, although again this was not classified as an official visit. "There have been inward state visits by Israel, which just involves dealing with the head of state, but in Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it's best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there".
Israeli officials have bristled at royals' unwillingness to come to the Jewish state, while they appear to have no qualms about visiting authoritarian states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
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