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>> When Britain's Prince William arrives in the holy land on Monday, he'll become the first British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. The second in line to the throne will spend three days there. Arriving from neighbouring Jordan and will meet both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the trip.
Reuters' Steven Farrell in Jerusalem says there will unquestionably be political sensitivities.>> His aides are saying this is a non-political trip, they're focusing very much on him meeting the youth of the region. But nevertheless Britain has a history here. It helped to redraw the map of the Middle East a century ago.
It was the colonial mandatory power in Palestine, before the second World War, before 1948 when Israel got its independence. So there is a shadow of Britain over the region that he's going to have to address at some point.>> The visit is at the request of the British government, whose policy until now was not to make an official royal trip until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved.
Britain regards Israel as a close and important ally, but recently the two have been at odds over a number of major issues. British Prime Minister Theresa May told Netanyahu this month that she was concerned at Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip, where more than 120 people have been killed in protests since March.
They're also divided on the US's decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.>> It'll be interesting to see if the Prince is light-footed enough, politically astute enough, to avoid the linguistic diplomatic and political minefield that this area can be.>> The entire visit will be shrouded in history.
Even the Jerusalem Hotel, where the prince will stay, is where Jewish militants killed more than 90 people in a bombing in 1946.