itain prince William pays the first official royal visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Meeting residence of a Palestinian refugee camp Wednesday after receiving red carpet treatment from President Mahmoud Abbas. British forces withdrew from what is now Israel and the Palestinian territory 70 years ago, leaving behind divisions that live on today.
So although this is meant to be a nonpolitical visit by a ceremonial prince, it's one laden with symbolism. He's already met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. Even the hotel the prince is staying in is fraught with history.
The King David Hotel was the British HQ where Jewish militants killed more than 90 people in a 1946 bombing. The Palestinians meanwhile accuse Britain of signing away their land by endorsing a home for the Jews in historic Palestine. Until now British policy was to avoid an official royal visit until the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is resolved.
But peace seems as far away as ever after deadly clashes on the Gaza border over the past few months and Palestinian fury at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.