Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs said he expects Prince William’s aides to rephrase a statement listing the Old City of Jerusalem as “occupied.”







Prince William and the Western Wall

Prince William and the Western Wall Photo credit: Twitter/Wikimedia Commons

Israel’s Minister of Jerusalem Affairs has denounced a statement by Kensington Palace referring to East Jerusalem as “the Occupied Palestinian Territories” ahead of next week’s visit to the region by Prince William.

“It is regrettable that Britain has chosen to politicize a diplomatic visit,” said Elkin. “The unified Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital for over 3,000 years and no twisting of words can change reality.”

Elkin, who recently announced his decision to run for mayor of Jerusalem in October’s elections, added that he expects Prince William’s aides to rephrase the statement.

In a statement last week, the Kensington Palace said Prince William’s day “in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem’s Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives. From here His Royal Highness will travel a short distance to the Church of St Mary Magdalene where he will pay his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice.”

On Thursday, JOL reported that the UK embassy in Israel was considering arranging for the prince to visit the Western Wall during his visit.