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Prince William arrives in Israel for talks with Netanyahu

Prince William arrives in Israel for talks with Netanyahu

As England thrashed Panama 6-1 on Sunday, Prince William, the president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan for a historic Middle East tour.

Britain's Prince William voiced his horror over the Nazi Holocaust in a solemn start on Tuesday to the first official visit by a British royal to Israel and the Palestinian territories. It is situated on the western slope of Mount Herzi, overlooking the city of Jerusalem.

Wearing a black Jewish skullcap, William, second in line to the throne, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem memorial, where an eternal flame flickers and the names of extermination and concentration camps are engraved in the floor. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

At a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, the prince, on a visit described by Britain as non-political, said he hoped "peace in the area can be achieved".

The prince's trip was announced in March and welcomed by Israeli and Palestinian officials. I must say that this is not exactly true because there is a representative here, and this is his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, one of the Righteous Among the Nations who saved Jews in Greece during World War II and asked to be buried here in Jerusalem. The two are expected to speak this evening at a reception for the price at the British ambassador's residence in Ramat Gan.

During the trip, William, per People, said Kate wished she could've been there, as she lived in Jordan for three years with her family. "And he really wants to get under the skin of the country", Quarrey added.

Though the visit has been billed as "non-political", the official itinerary for William's visit to Jerusalem holy sites stirred political controversy by listing the Old City as being located in the "Occupied Palestinian Territories".

The visit comes just after Israel marked its 70th anniversary of independence and amid surges of violence along the Gaza border. According to Hello! during a reception at the British ambassador to Jordan's residence in the capital of Amman, Rania Malki, chief executive of Save The Children in Jordan, told Prince William that she knew the house that the Middleton family had lived in, as it's now the home of her children's paediatrician.

However, Crown Prince Hussein, 23, recorded the game for him, and they watched it together at the Beit Al Urdun Palace in the evening.


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