Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Prince William's historic visit to Middle East

Prince William's historic visit to Middle East

Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg and Greece was honored by Israel for sheltering Jews in Greece during World War II, and was later buried in a crypt in the Church of Mary Magdalene, the Russian Orthodox Church on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem.

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.

Prince William's historic (albeit apolitical) visit was extremely important since the royal family unofficially boycotted the Middle East for 70 years.

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". It is the first official visit to the area by a member of the royal family.

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

Kushner told the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds last week that if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continued to boycott the USA, the plan might be revealed without consulting him.

Furthermore, al-Quds said that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir bin Mohamad renewed his country's support for the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

"Despite the strategic mistakes made by Abu Mazen ‎‎(Abbas) and his people", the Egyptian official said, "Kushner and Greenblatt were ‎told, in no uncertain terms, that the Palestinians ‎deserve an independent Palestinian state with East ‎Jerusalem as its capital."‎.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida also reported that Israeli forces detained a total of 20 Palestinians as they conducted multiple overnight raids across the West Bank.

From the beginning of the protests on March 30, the Israeli army killed 135 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and injured another 15,000, the Ministry of Health of that territory reported today.

Prince William, with the wearable AI device attached to glasses, used a pointing gesture to activate real-time text reading.

In his speech, the Duke of Cambridge told Palestinians: "My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten ..."

There was also grumbling from an Israeli right-wing legislator after a British statement on William's visit listed Jerusalem as being inside occupied Palestinian territory.

Israel Hayom also quoted a senior Jordanian official, who warned of the Palestinian leadership being rendered "irrelevant with respect to the peace process".

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