Prince William Tours Tel Aviv, Meets Israeli Eurovision Winner
Prince William voiced hope for lasting peace in the Middle East on Wednesday as he met Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.
William, second in line to the throne, received a red-carpet welcome at the PA headquarters in city of Ramallah that included an honor guard and band.
“I’m very glad our two countries work so closely together and have had success stories with education and relief work in the past, so, long may that continue,” William told Abbas at the start of their meeting.
“My sentiments are the same as yours in hoping that there is a lasting peace in the region,” the prince said.
On Tuesday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin publicly asked the prince to bring Abbas “a message of peace” and tell him it is time to find a way to “build confidence” between Israel and the Palestinians.
After meeting Abbas, William was scheduled to meet Palestinian youngsters.
Before his motorcade crossed into the West Bank, William strolled along a trendy Tel Aviv boulevard with Israeli Eurovision song contest winner Netta Barzilai to the delight of cheering onlookers.
But there was no “chicken-dance,” Barzilai’s signature move performed as part of her women’s empowerment hit “I’m Not Your Toy” during the 2018 song-fest.
William’s four-day tour, which ends on Thursday with a visit to holy sites, marks the first time a member of the British royal family has paid an official visit to Israel.
In downtown Tel Aviv, William walked with the purple-braided singer along Rothschild Boulevard. The tree-lined avenue at the heart of the city’s financial districts contains shops, restaurants and galleries.
William and Barzilai chatted at a kiosk, described as one of the first refreshment stands in Tel Aviv. They were served “Gazoz,” a retro Israeli soft drink made from flavored syrup and fizzy water.
The day before William had focused in his first engagements in Israel on honoring the memory of victims of the Nazi Holocaust.