Britain’s Prince William brings message of homage, hope on first Israel visit

Britain's Prince William speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem

Britain’s Prince William speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during a meeting at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. Thomas Coex/Pool via Reuters

By Dan Williams

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Prince William envisaged a strong future for Israel while making the first official British royal visit to the country on Tuesday and pledged to commemorate the Holocaust that contributed to its foundation.

Speaking at a reception in his honor at the residence of the British Ambassador to Israel, William said his visit earlier to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem had been a “profoundly moving experience.”

He told dignitaries including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that as older generations were fading away, it was up to him and other younger people to carry on the commemoration of the Holocaust.

“I am well aware that the responsibility falls now to my generation to keep the memory alive of that great crime as the Holocaust generation passes on. And I commit myself to doing this.”

After a brief opening greeting in Hebrew, William added: “Israel’s remarkable story is partly one of remembering its terrible past but also looking forward to a much more hopeful future … the modern story is one of inventing, creating, innovating and striding confidently into its future.”

Earlier in Jerusalem, he met Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. On Wednesday he will meet Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

Following his engagements in Jerusalem, William went to Tel Aviv and, sporting sunglasses and an open-necked shirt, strolled along the Mediterranean shore, chatting with beach-goers and quipping, “I should have brought my swimming trunks”.

William’s trip is at the behest of the British government. Until now it had been British policy not to make an official royal visit until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved. British officials have given no detailed explanation for the change in policy.

Britain's Prince William enters a vehicle upon his arrival at the Ben Gurion International Airport


At Yad Vashem, he met descendants of Jews hidden from the Nazis by his great-grandmother. Wearing a black skullcap, William laid a wreath at Yad Vashem’s Hall of Remembrance, where an eternal flame flickers and the names of extermination and concentration camps are engraved in the floor.

“Terrifying,” William said, viewing a display at the memorial’s museum of shoes taken by the Nazis from Jews at Majdanek death camp. “(I’m) trying to comprehend the scale.”

Tens of thousands of Jews and other victims were killed at the camp, near Lublin in what is now Poland.

After the tour, the prince – second in line to the British throne – was greeted by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, at their official residence against the backdrop of British and Israeli flags.

There, the prince met relatives of the late Rachel Cohen, who was hidden from the Gestapo, along with two of her five children, by Princess Alice, the mother of Britain’s 97-year-old Prince Philip, in her palace in Greece.

The Greek royal family – Princess Alice was married to Prince Andrew of Greece – had been acquainted with Cohen’s late husband, Haimaki, a former member of Greece’s parliament.

“You must be very proud of your great-grandmother, who saved defenseless Jews,” Netanyahu told William.

Princess Alice was recognized as one of the “righteous among nations”, gentiles who rescued Jews, by Yad Vashem in 1993. A devout Christian, she is buried on the slopes of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives. William is due to visit her tomb on Thursday.

On Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, after seeing Abbas, William is scheduled to meet Palestinian youngsters.

At a meeting with Rivlin, the prince, on a visit described by Britain as non-political, said he hoped “peace in the area can be achieved”. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed in 2014.

“I had a very moving tour around Yad Vashem this morning, which really taught me quite a lot more than I thought I already knew about the true horrors of what happened to the Jews

over the war,” William said at the meeting with Rivlin.

The prince also spoke at Yad Vashem with two men who survived the Nazi genocide through British intervention.

Henry Foner, 86, and Paul Alexander, 80, were among thousands of Jewish children taken in by Britain as part of the 1930s “Kindertransport” from a continental Europe that was falling to German conquest.

“I said to his Royal Highness that this is a unique opportunity for me to express my thanks to the British people for opening their homes to me and to the other 10,000 children who came,” Alexander said.

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(Writing by Jeffrey Heller and Ori Lewis; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)



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  1. The holocaust must be the expressed anger of God against Israeli people, as in the ancient times when the abomination of the Jewish were overwhelming, which provoked the wrath of God, Jeremiah 30: “The fierce anger of the Lord should not return, until he have done it… in later days you shall consider it.” When the Jewish were running away from Israel. Also God promised to send them to all the nations and bring them back again to that place.
    Some how Israel should be together in their own lands by the time that the indignation be accomplished, this should be the desolation of abomination. and the worst time of tribulations.
    Many Jewish are still with their old costumes. which maybe made them reject the divinity of Jesus.
    When the captivity was finished at the first year of reign of Darius, Daniel 9:24 (was informed through its visions saying) “seventy weeks are determine upon thy people…to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins… and to anoint the most Holy.” This was a length of time of 37 years, in which the Jewish of that time were supposed to be worthy to receive the birth of Jesus. Through the book of Luke 3:1 “…in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius…” We can know that it was in 29 A.D because Tiberius Caesar reigned from 14 AD to 37 AD. so by the 15th year of Tiberius. John the Baptist started his ministry, and a supposed year later he baptized Jesus, by 30 AD. and after three years of feast of Passover (reported in the book of John) came up the crucifixion.
    Knowing this accurate data of length time. of the 33 years that the Lord was in earth, as an entire generation, we can deduce that the rest of the weeks that Daniel prophesied trough his visions. as when the angel Gabriel told Daniel 9;23 “At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment come forth,” Dan 9;25 “…from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the prince shall be seven weeks, and three score and two weeks the street shall built again…” so this is a period of 405 years (762 weeks) plus the 37 years were a total of 442 years and plus the 3570 years since the creation of Adam until the finish of the captivity about 4012 years and the beginning of the Christianity era started as the prophecy of Daniel 9;26 (said) “after three score and two weeks shall Messiah cut off” which was the 33 year AD when the Crucifixion came to happen. and 33 years before the birth of the Messiah..
    If the Jewish that are rejecting the divinity of the Lord, they must be provoking more and more the anger of God


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