Prince William’s Eventful Middle East Tour Ended at Western Wall

Britain's Prince William poses with Jewish and Arab children in Jaffa Israel on Tuesday

Britain's Prince William poses with Jewish and Arab children in Jaffa Israel on Tuesday

Despite tensions over the labeling of the Western Wall and east Jerusalem as being in "the Occupied Palestinian Territories", the Prince, making the first-ever official royal visit to Israel, stated at the British ambassador's residence in Ramat Gan on Tuesday that "ties between the United Kingdom and Israel have never been stronger".

His personal visit came after the duke visited the Western Wall, and followed the centuries old tradition of placing a written prayer in a crack in the wall.

Members of the royal family often make official state visits at the request of the British government but, until now, have avoided Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Prince William visited Jerusalem's super-sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Thursday as he wrapped up a landmark Middle East tour during which he has tiptoed through the region's diplomatic minefield.

Israeli settlers also sprayed racist anti-Arab graffiti on the walls of a structure belonging to another Palestinian in the village.

Britain gave no detailed explanation for the change of tack, which coincided with Israel's 70th anniversary.

He visited Jerusalem sites holy to all three major religions and paid his respects at the grave of his great-grandmother Princess Alice, who rescued a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

A devout Christian, she died in London in 1969 and had asked to be buried in Jerusalem.

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Prince William's visit to Israel this week included a demonstration from one of the country's leading assistive technology firms which has produced a wearable artificial intelligence device that allows blind people to read and recognise faces.

William, trying to steer clear of politics, praised what he called the close ties between Britain and the Palestinians.

Two other Palestinians were detained from the Ramallah and al-Bireh district and were identified as Muhammad Safi from the al-Jalazun refugee camp and Jaber Awad al-Rimawi, 27, from the Beit Rima town. Abbas appealed to the Prince and the British people to support the Palestinian campaign for independence.

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

The PA officials have rejected meeting USA officials since the Trump administration controversially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, accusing Washington of pro-Israeli bias and as unfit to mediate in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

The official explained that 175 journalists also received injuries due to attacks by Tel Aviv troops.

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