Prince William will go to Jerusalem, Ramallah in June

LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince William will go to Jerusalem and Ramallah when he turns into the primary senior member of Britain’s royal household to go to Israel and the Palestinian territories subsequent month.

Britain’s Prince William attends the primary annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva in London, February 28, 2018 . REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

William, second-in-line to the British throne, will start his journey to the Middle East in Jordan on June 24 earlier than travelling to Tel Aviv the next day, his workplace Kensington Palace stated in an announcement on Friday.

The prince will spend the subsequent three days in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramallah within the West Bank, though the palace gave no additional particulars of the place he’ll go or who he’ll meet.

The journey, which William is finishing up on behalf of the British government, was introduced in March and was extensively welcomed then by each Israeli and Palestinian officers.

“It is an historic visit, the first of its kind, and he will be received here with great enthusiasm,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in an announcement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s workplace stated it was an vital go to “which we hope will contribute to strengthening ties of friendship between the two peoples”.

Britain regards Israel as a detailed and vital ally however the go to comes at a time when the 2 international locations have publicly disagreed over plenty of main points.

Like most of its Western allies, the British government criticised U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolution to maneuver the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv earlier this month.

Dozens of Palestinian protesters have been shot dead in subsequent protests on the Gaza border which Prime Minister Theresa May described as “concerning” and known as for Israeli restraint.

The governments have been additionally at odds over Trump’s resolution to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a transfer lauded by Israel whereas Britain pledged to take care of the settlement.

Despite their variations, London has adopted a extra optimistic method to Israel since May grew to become chief and William’s journey would be the first official state go to by a senior British royal to Israel, which in April marked its 70th anniversary of independence from British Mandatory rule.

Queen Elizabeth’s cousins the Duke of Kent and the Duke of Gloucester made unofficial visits to Israel in 1998 and 2007, whereas William’s father Prince Charles attended the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2016.

Reporting by Michael Holden; modifying by Stephen Addison

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