The Latest: Prince William hopes to learn more about Mideast
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Prince William’s visit to Israel (all times local):
Prince William says he hopes to learn more about the Middle East during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, William said he is looking forward “to really absorbing and understanding the different issues, the different cultures, the different religions.”
He says he is “very much looking forward” to seeing the Old City in east Jerusalem.
Israel captured the area, home to major holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, in the 1967 war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Some Israelis were angered by the royal itinerary, which refers to east Jerusalem as being part of “the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
The Israeli president told Prince William about his childhood in Jerusalem living under the British mandate and asked him to deliver a message of peace to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Prince William is meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family to the tumultuous region London once ruled.
William met Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Tuesday.
Earlier, he visited Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. The memorial has recognized Prince William’s great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as part of the Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.
Though the trip is being billed as non-political, and places a special emphasis on technology and joint Israeli-Arab projects, William was also to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and visit landmark Jerusalem sites at the heart of the century-old conflict.
For the 36-year-old William, second in line to the throne, it marks a high-profile visit that could burnish his international credentials.
Prince William is starting his busy Israel tour with a visit to Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
The Duke is set Tuesday to meet two survivors who escaped Nazi Germany for the safety of Britain. The memorial has recognized Prince William’s great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as part of the Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.
William arrived Monday night in the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family to the tumultuous region London once ruled.
In a private 1994 visit to Yad Vashem, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, planted a tree there in his mother’s honor. Princess Alice hid three members of the Cohen family in her palace in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II.