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William may be the first Royal to visit the Western Wall

PRINCE William may pay a visit to the Western Wall during his trip to Israel next week, Western Wall rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich revealed this week.

He said British officials were looking into such a possibility.

But the British embassy in Jerusalem remained tight-lipped with a spokesman saying no further information about the visit was being released.

No mention of a visit to the Wall was made when the original itinerary was announced.

However, a statement did say the programme would “allow His Royal Highness to pay respects to the religions and histories of the region”.

William will arrive in Israel on Monday evening after two days in Jordan.

Kensington Palace said his programme “in the occupied Palestinian territories will begin with a short briefing on the history and geography of the Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives”.

An employee at the British consulate-general is expected to give the briefing, thereby side-stepping the politicall-charged question of whether it should come from an Israeli or Palestinian.

One diplomatic source indicated that Israel was not surprised that the British referred to the Mount of Olives as being in “the occupied Palestinian territories” since London had for years referred to east Jerusalem in those terms.

It was not, of course, the Israeli position.


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