Prince William’s intervention in Israel-Palestine row: ‘You’ve not been forgotten’

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PRINCE WILLIAM told Palestinians “you’ve not been forgotten” as he expressed hope that the region will enjoy peace.

Given the severity of the situation in the Middle East, a number of high profile figures have weighed in to urge for peace in the region.

This included Prince William, who visited the West Bank in 2018 to talk with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

He also visited a refugee camp in the city of Ramallah before making a speech at the British consul-general’s residence in Jerusalem – assuring Palestinians that they have “not been forgotten.”
Prince William news: William visited the Middle East (Image: getty)
Prince William news: William visited the Middle East (Image: getty)

Prince William news: Israel hit Gaza with strikes (Image: getty)
Prince William news: Israel hit Gaza with strikes (Image: getty)

The Duke of Cambridge said: “My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten.

“I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger.”

President Abbas told William during their meeting that he hoped his homeland would be a fully independent state by the next time he visited the Middle East.

William responded that he hopes for “peace for the region”.

Prince William news: Israel was targeted by Hamas strikes (Image: getty)
Prince William news: Israel was targeted by Hamas strikes (Image: getty)

The royal also spoke to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, who had asked him to deliver a “message of peace” to Palestinian officials.

Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Under the Oslo peace agreements, the semi-autonomous Palestinian Authority has jurisdiction over parts of the West Bank.

Last week, the Israeli government was condemned by foreign ministers in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy for its construction of illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.

A joint statement said: “We urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har Homa E area of the occupied West Bank, and to cease its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Prince William news: William in Ramdallah (Image: getty)
Prince William news: William in Ramdallah (Image: getty)
Prince William news: William called for peace (Image: getty)
Prince William news: William called for peace (Image: getty)

“We call on both sides to refrain from any unilateral action and resume a credible and meaningful dialogue, to advance efforts for the two state solution and an end to the conflict.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for Israel and the Palestinians to “step back from the brink” in a statement released yesterday.

He added: “The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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