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Prince Charles to Visit Israel in the New Year

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, will be in Israel for the first time in an official capacity in Jan. 2020.  He is scheduled to attend the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem. No senior member of the Royal House had spent time in Israel in their official capacity until last year when Charles’ son Prince William arrived on a state visit.  The queen has never visited the Jewish state. However, her husband, Prince Philip, has been to visit his mother’s grave on the Mount of Olives. His mother, Princess Alice of Greece, hid a Jewish woman named Rachel Cohen and two of her children during the Holocaust and is recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Gentile.  Many believe the lack of UK Royal House visits to Israel was due to a policy adopted following the Zionist movement’s use of violence against British nationals when the United Kingdom ruled the Mandate on Palestine – an area comprising modern-day Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. The issues of anti-Semitism and British-Israeli relations had loomed large in the minds of British Jews during the recent general election in which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged incumbent Boris Johnson for the premiership. Corbyn, a fierce critic of Israel, had promised to recognize Palestine and cease arms sales to Israel if elected. However, Johnson’s Conservatives soundly defeated Labour in last Thursday’s 12 Dec. 2019 election, gaining 365 of the 650 seats in Parliament to some 202 for Labour.  (VFI News)

“The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isa. 60:3