Charles, con­vince us

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Clarence House is at pains to em­pha­sis Prince Charles’s close re­la­tions with the Jewish com­mu­nity. Not only is he a pa­tron of the Jewish Mu­seum, but he sup­ports World Jewish Re­lief and Krakow’s Jewish com­mu­nity cen­tre. How­ever, emails re­pro­duced in the this week raise se­ri­ous ques­tions about both the cul­ture within his of­fice and as­sump­tions that se­nior staff seem to hold about the Jewish state. They are even more trou­bling when one con­sid­ers that, just two weeks ago, the Prince’s mother hosted a glit­ter­ing state ban­quet for Saudi Ara­bia’s King Ab­dul­lah, at­tended by the se­nior Bri­tish roy­als. Of course, they are old friends of their Saudi coun­ter­parts, and fre­quent vis­i­tors to other Mus­lim states. In­deed, in Fe­bru­ary, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Corn­wall spent 10 days tour­ing the Ara­bian penin­sula. So would it not be diplo­matic for the Royal House­hold to sig­nal now that, de­spite sus­pi­cions to the con­trary, there re­ally is no po­lit­i­cal, ide­o­log­i­cal or (dare we say) faithre­lated bar­rier to their or­gan­is­ing the first of­fi­cial royal trip to Is­rael? We are not sug­gest­ing that the Prince him­self in­flu­enced his aide’s dis­taste­ful email. And we ac­cept that the out­go­ing am­bas­sador’s di­rect approach to the Prince’s aides by­passed the usual For­eign Of­fice chan­nels (al­though we can­not fault his more di­rect approach to has­bara). Yet if Charles is to be a “de­fender of faiths”, as he has stressed, he should un­der­stand the deep at­tach­ment most Jews have for Is­rael, and go and see it for him­self. The per­fect op­por­tu­nity is about to present it­self. If the Prince wants to show good­will, he should visit Is­rael next May as part of its six­ti­eth-an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Why, we would even cover it on our front page.

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