Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Prince William arrives in Israel on historic visit

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Michele Schwartz | 26 June, 2018, 18:05

He will stay in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel, former headquarters of the British administration during the mandate in Palestine before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

British officials say the tour, which also included Jordan, is heavily focussed on engaging with youth.

A devoted Aston Villa fan, William, 36, is wearing beige trousers and a tie-less sky blue shirt, while 23-year-old Hussein, is wearing a short-sleeved T-shirt and jeans. The picture of the future royal with her father and sister was released by the Middleton family ahead of Prince William's wedding to Catherine in April 2011.

At Yad Vashem, William signed a guest book in which he noted with pride that his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, had been honoured by the institution as one of "the righteous among the nations" for sheltering Jews in her home in Greece during the Holocaust.

Prince William laid a wreath at the Holocaust remembrance centre Yad Vashem and was shown around the museum's Hall of Names, a virtual cemetery where names and details of millions of victims are recorded.

The Prince will then conclude his trip to Israel by meeting young Israelis at Beit Ha'ir Museum before leaving for Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The prince will try to deftly dodge politics as he later visits east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed in a move not internationally recognized.

The Duke of Cambridge has embarked on his historic five-day tour of the Middle East, and has disclosed that the Duchess of Cambridge was "very upset" to miss out on his visit to Jordan because holds very fond memories of the country after living there as a child.

In a statement to launch the trip Kensington Palace had said a day "in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem's Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives". "I'm very much looking forward to really absorbing and understanding the different issues". He was also to meet the mayor of Tel Aviv and attend a reception held by the British ambassador that will include demonstrations by Israeli tech startups.

His day will round off with a visit to the city of Jaffa, where he will meet young Arab and Jewish Israelis playing football together, and will join them in a penalty shoot-out.

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