Prince William to visit Palestinian and Israeli Territories

Photo: HOANG DINH NAM / AFP

LONDON-Prince William will be the first senior British royal to make an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as part of a tour in June announced by Kensington Palace on Friday.

The official palace statement said Prince William will begin his tour in the middle east in Jordan on June 24, then travel to Tel Aviv the day after.

He will visit Jerusalem on June 26 and then go on to Ramallah on June 27.

William who is second in line to the throne, in the statement on behalf of his residency said, “is at the request of Her Majesty’s government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.”

There is unprecedented, as there has never before been official visits by members of the British royal family to Palestinian Territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the British royal’s trip, he said it would be “a historic visit” to his country.

In March 2017 Israeli President Reuven Rivlin extended an invitation to the Royals to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, during a working visit in Jerusalem.

Both Britain and Israel celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour declaration which played a major factor in Israel becoming a state.

This decision was condemned by the Arab world and Palestine has always rallied against the anniversary.

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