A member of the British Royal family for the first time will pay an official visit to Israel in 2017. It is reported by The Independent, citing sources in the ruling circles of the United Kingdom.
The trip will coincide with the centenary anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which has testified the promise of London to contribute to the creation of a Jewish state in the middle East. British Prime Minister Theresa may said that the government will celebrate the centenary of the document. “It demonstrates the key role of Britain in the creation of the state of the Jewish people. We will celebrate this anniversary with pride,” she explained.
Who is going to pay a visit, not reported, but Queen Elizabeth II is unlikely to be able to do it due to health problems the monarch refused most foreign trips. A likely candidate is Charles, Prince of Wales. These plans have drawn criticism from the Palestinian community: the head of the British NGO “solidarity Campaign with Palestine” noted that the Balfour Declaration and the creation of Israel led to large-scale persecution of the Palestinian Arabs, and the monarch was wrong to go to Israel in the centennial anniversary of the adoption of such an unfair document.
Historically members of the British Royal family refused an official invitation to visit Israel, but came in a personal capacity and was attending the state funeral.