After prince William had arrived to Jordan for the start of his trip, he then headed to Israel and Palestine and therefore became the first member of Britain’s royal family to pay an official visit to both Israel and the Palestinian territories. This major event is marking the most politically sensitive trip prince William or any other royal member have ever undertaken, entering a diplomatic minefield in the Middle East.
Going to those areas, the main political challenges that primarily face the prince is to cautiously maneuver the vast religious and political differences in the regions mentioned.
The original agenda of the royal member’s visit was expected and still is to be as follows: he will go on to undertake a finely balanced tour of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, taking in regions of Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Jerusalem.
Coming straight from Jordan, the Duke of Cambridge had landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport and he first began the trip by heading to Israel before heading to the Palestinian territories. First, he has met with the prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday in his headquarters in Jerusalem, then he proceeded to visit Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where he was expected and rumored to meet several of the survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain. The memorial has recognized Prince William’s great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as Righteous among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust infamous events.
Prince William is expected to stay at the elegant King David Hotel, which is the site of the former administrative headquarters of the British mandate. For the 36 year old Prince William, who is now second in line to the throne, this without any doubt marks a vastly high profile visit that could brandish his international credentials forever.
Ambassador David Quarrey had commented on the trip and told the associated press that they truly believe that this is the right moment for such a visit in order to really shine and shed a light on such relationship and show how strong the contemporary relationship is between the two countries. He continued to comment saying, “The Duke is very clear that he wants to come and get under the skin of the country, he wants to get a feel for Israel. He wants to get a flavor of the country itself.”