Prince William in Israel as part of historic regional tour

Jerusalem- On Monday Britain’s Prince William become the first member of the royal family to make a official visit to the Jewish state and Palestinian authorities.

Prince William arrived at Ben Gurion Airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem around 18:00 (15:00 GMT), and the royal arrived at the tarmac in a dark suit.

Officials have said that the Prince’s visit is not political and the goal is to build relations with young people. Even though his visit is not political the royal will likely still have to address the complicated, complex realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially when he visits the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.

On Tuesday he will be laying a wreath at the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, before his meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin separately.

His tour is set to be completed on Thursday where he will be visiting historical and religious sites in Jerusalem.

Philip Hall, Britain’s consul general in Jerusalem spoke to journalists on Monday and said, “We know this is not a time when we can celebrate progress in the Middle East peace progress, but we believe that engagement is just as important in challenging times as it is in good times,”

“We know some of the politics are difficult, but this is not a political visit.”

Prince William during his stay in Jerusalem will visit the grave of his great grandmother Princess Alice, who is buried in the city,  she was honoured by Israel for sheltering Jews during World War II.

Photo Credit- UPI.com

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