Prince William kicks off busy day in Israel at Holocaust memorial

Tanya Cunningham
June 26, 2018

After the tour, the prince was greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, at their official residence in Jerusalem against the backdrop of the British and the Israeli flags.

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William then stood in the same spot where the photo was taken and said: "Need to come back with the family for this shot".

He was given a short tour of the museum before meeting two survivors of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered during World War II.

On Thursday, William will complete his stay by visiting historical and religious sites in Jerusalem.

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

The Duke of Cambridge is commemorating the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War on a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem.

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.

"[She] is very sorry she can not be here with me so soon after the birth of our son Louis [on April 23], but her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child when her father worked for British Airways in Amman", he said of the Duchess of Cambridge. "We know some of the politics are hard, but this is not a political visit".

The prince's visit comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region, with deadly clashes on the Gaza border following protests as Israel marks its 70th anniversary year, and United States president Donald Trump's decision to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He began his Israel tour Tuesday with a visit to Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, which has recognized his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, as part of the Righteous Among the Nations for her role in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.

During the visit, which Britain has described as non-political, William is also scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian youngsters in the occupied West Bank.

In Jerusalem, the holy city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the prince will view its walled Old City from the Mount of Olives during his four-day trip.

The prince wrapped up the busy day with a reception held by the British ambassador that included demonstrations by Israeli tech startups and which was attended by Israeli celebrities, politicians and other public figures.

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