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World Prince William Making Historic Visit to Israel

17:52  01 march  2018
17:52  01 march  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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LONDON (AP) — Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories, officials announced Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “this is a historic visit , the first of its kind.”

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Israel and Palestinian officials welcomed news of Prince William's upcoming trip. © Chris Jackson, WPA Pool, Getty Images Israel and Palestinian officials welcomed news of Prince William's upcoming trip. Prince William will become the first British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the "Palestinian territories," which include the West Bank and Gaza, Kensington Palace announced. His trip to the region, which will include a visit to Jordan, will take place in the summer.  

He will travel without his pregnant wife, Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to the couple’s third child in April.

A spokesman for Prince William told Newsweek further details such as dates and an itinerary will be released in due course. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office, which requested the summer trip, said she did not have any dates to release.

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London (AP) -- Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories, officials announced Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "this is a historic visit , the first of its kind."

LONDON (AP) — Officials say Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "this is a historic visit " and William "will be received here with great affection."

“We welcome the announcement of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge's visit to Israel,” Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, tweeted. “This is an historic visit, the first of its kind and he will be welcomed here with great affection. I instructed the @IsraelMFA to coordinate preparations for the visit to ensure its success.”

Prince William’s trip was also welcomed by the Palestinian authorities.

“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.

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LONDON – Officials say Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “this is a historic visit ” and William “will be received here with great affection.”

Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories, officials announced Thursday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "this is a historic visit , the first of its kind."

In 2016, Prince Charles visited Israel to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres, the country’s former president and prime minister, but this was in a private, personal capacity. While in Israel, Prince Charles attended the Mount of Olives’ Church of Mary Magdalene to visit the grave of his paternal grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.  

The Palestinian question is a thorny issue for Britain because of its historic role in pre-1948 Palestine, which it governed as an occupying power. The British government now regards Israeli settlements as illegal and does not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders “other than those agreed by the parties.” As such, an official royal visit to Israel creates diplomatic hazards.

Back in 2015, a report in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed U.K. government official who suggested there would be no official visit by a senior royal any time soon because of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: "We welcome the announcement of Prince William 's arrival in Israel , a historic visit , the But no immediate member of the royal family has made an official visit to Israel since its establishment in 1948, nor to the Palestinian territories.

Officials say Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "this is a historic visit " and William "will be received here with great affection."

"Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the royal family can't really go there," said the source. "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."

But as well as an interest in creating peace and a lasting answer to the Palestinian question — the British government’s stated wish is for a two-state solution— Britain is looking outwards into the world again as it prepares to exit the European Union and needs to build new trade relationships. Visits by British royals are an important diplomatic tool in this mission.

Britain already has a well-established commercial relationship with Israel. According to government data, bilateral trade between the U.K. and Israel was worth $7.5 billion in 2015 and the U.K. is Israel’s second largest trading partner.

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