Prince William tells Palestinians "you have not been forgotten"

April FrancisJul 03, 2018

He also visited his great-grandmother Princess Alice's tomb in the Russian Orthodox Church.

At the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and the last remnant of Herod's temple, William followed the centuries-old tradition of placing a written prayer in a crack in the cement.

According to Daniel Siryoti, the Arab affairs analyst for the Israeli daily, the leaders of the Arab countries Kushner visited were the ones who advised him to give an interview to the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds on Sunday, where he sharply criticized Abbas' ability to make a deal and said that the US plan will be presented with or without his consent. It is the first official visit to the area by a member of the royal family.

Accompanied by the Rabbi of the Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, and the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Ephraim Mirvis, the Prince signed the guestbook, writing "May the God of peace bless this region and all the world with peace".

"The Western Wall stands at the epicentre of our faith".

Princess Alice was honoured as among the "Righteous among the Nations" by Israel's Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, in 1993 for sheltering Jews in Greece from the Nazis during World War II.

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On Wednesday, William found himself on diplomatic thin ice during a visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank when he called the Palestinian territories a "country".

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted three young men, from the central West Bank governorate of Ramallah, after stopping them at Za'tara military roadblock, south of Nablus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he met twice with Kushner and Greenblatt this weekend and discussed "how to solve the humanitarian situation in Gaza without strengthening Hamas".

William, who is the first British Royal to make an official visit to Israel, later headed out into the city of Ramallah, where he caught a cultural display, toured a street food festival and chatting to girls at a school in the Jalazone refugee camp. The snub has largely been attributed to the failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reach a comprehensive peace agreement and the perception that the region is a diplomatic minefield. He was impressed with Israel and especially Tel Aviv.

Imad Abu Shamsieh, Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders, also told Ma'an that the group of Israeli settlers stormed the home of resident, Bassam Abu Aisha, and the home of an elderly man from the Abu Aisha family, as well as assaulted other residents of the two houses.

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