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Prince William arrives in Israel as part of regional tour

26 June 2018

Prince William will continue his "non-political" trip of the Middle East, through Jordan, Israel and Palestine, before heading to the Dar Na'mah Centre.

Prince William visited Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre, after arriving in Israel on the first official trip there by a United Kingdom royal.

Yad Vashem chair Avner Shalev is guiding Prince William through the memorial's exhibitions detailing the death of six million Jews systematically killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II.

William toured the Yad Vashem Museum accompanied by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, and Britain's Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem.

According to Israeli website Ynet, Mr Elki described it as "regrettable" Britain had chosen to politicise the royal visit.

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He will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, at a time of widening rifts between the two sides.

Yad Vashem said Princess Alice "hid the three members of the Cohen family - Rachel, Tilda and Michelle - in her palace in Athens during the Nazi occupation of Greece".

Prince William will then attend an event in central Tel Aviv where Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Hulda will be present, and finish his day at UK Ambassador David Quarrey's residence in Ramat Gan. "He wants to get a flavor of the country".

Britain captured Palestine from the Ottoman empire in 1917 during World War One and administered the territory under worldwide mandate until 1948, pulling out a day before Israel declared independence.

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.

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CNN reports that William is also expected to visit Jerusalem's Old City, the Mount of Olives and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The duke's visit comes during a period of increased tension in the region.

William, an avid soccer fan, arrived in Jordan on Sunday afternoon, at a time when the England-Panama World Cup game was under way.

Yad Vashem's Chairman Avner Shalev will accompany Prince William who will participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children's Memorial, and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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Prince William arrives in Israel as part of regional tour