Netanyahu Criticizes Itinerary for Prince William’s Visit: ‘Jerusalem Is Israel’s Eternal Capital’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday leveled pointed criticism of British Prince William’s planned visit to the Jewish state.
The official itinerary for the trip refers to Jerusalem as “part of the occupied Palestinian territories,” a determination which has rankled Israeli officials. According to Hebrew news website Walla, Netanyahu was asked about the reference by Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin at the government’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.
The prime minister replied, “Jerusalem is Israel’s eternal capital.”
Elkin had previously criticized the royal designation of Jerusalem, saying, “United Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and no distortion in the tour itinerary can change that reality.”
Prince William is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday as part of a tour of the Middle East. He is expected to meet with Netanyahu, as well as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Stops during his visit to Jerusalem will include a meeting with Netanyahu, as well as Israel’s president, Revuven Rivlin.
William is also scheduled to visit Yad Vashem and the grave of his great-grandmother Princess Alice in Jerusalem.