For the first time: British royal family member to officially visit Israel

For the first time since Israel was established, a representative of the British royal family is expected on an official visit. According to reports, the historic visit will mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration.
Prince Charles Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), a source close to the British royal family approved that for the first time since Israel’s establishment, a member of the family is expected on an official visit later this year. Over the years, the royal family has rejected Israel’s official invitations, although they visited the country for private events.

According to British reports, the likely visit of Charles, Prince of Wales, will mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, the document committing Britain to establishing a national state for the Jewish people. “It’s a very important year for the relations between Israel and Britain,” stated Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

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“It demonstrates Britain’s vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people,” stated British Prime Minister Theresa May. “It is an anniversary we will be marking with pride.”

Many Arab countries remember the Balfour Declaration as a disaster and emphasize the part of the declaration that states: “Nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”

"It is grossly inappropriate for the royal family to make an official visit to Israel 100 years after the Balfour declaration,” stated Director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Ben Jamal. “The consequences of this dispossession are still experienced by Palestinians today.”



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