Your High­ness, be our guest . . .

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPECIAL REPORT - BY JAN SHURE

BE­CAUSE OUR fully stretched For­eign Of­fice may per­haps be too busy to or­gan­ise a visit to Is­rael for the Prince of Wales, the JC has stepped in to or­gan­ise a tai­lor-made tour.

Since the Royal Fam­ily tends, th­ese days, to use sched­uled air­lines, we made the ef­fort to find a flight fit for a king and went right to the top to speak to Uri Danor, El Al’s Lon­don CEO.

He said: “We are ready for him. We now have a daily first-class ser­vice from Lon­don to Tel Aviv on a new Boe­ing 777.

“We will bring aboard a spe­cial chef who will pre­pare or­ganic food, which we know he has a spe­cial in­ter­est in.”

And on touch­down, prom­ises Mr Danor, the air­line would ar­range “land­ing mu­sic — Hava Nag­ila and Hevenu Shalom Ale­ichem”.

The last time Charles was in Jerusalem, for Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in 1995, he booked so late he could only get a deluxe room at the King David Ho­tel. The JC has lo­cated an ideal al­ter­na­tive nearby: the Royal Suite on the sixth floor of the King David, with views over the Old City. We also ne­go­ti­ated per­sonal tours of the key Chris­tian sites — Geth­se­mane, the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre and Via Dolorosa.

As De­fender of the Faiths, HRH will doubt­less want to take a look at the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall.

There would still be time for a visit to the grave of his pa­ter­nal grand­mother, Princess Alice of Greece, who was re­buried in the Holy City in 1994.

Know­ing his in­ter­est in plants and gar­den­ing, we have also made dis­creet in­quiries about a quiet visit to the Jerusalem Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, which has an ex­change pro­gramme with its coun­ter­part at Kew.

We found a con­ve­nient Arkia flight to Ei­lat and suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion for the royal party at the Pres­i­den­tial Suite at the Royal Beach ho­tel.

Owner David Lewis is, like Charles, a keen sailor and would gladly take him for a mini cruise on the Red Sea.

Fur­ther north, we found an ideal place for a quick stop: the Carmel Winer­ies in Ris­hon-le-Zion and a quick chat with Adam Se­bag-Mon­te­fiore, brother of au­thor Si­mon, whose Lib­eral Jewish Syn­a­gogue wed­ding to Santa Palmer-Tomkin­son the Prince at­tended.

The north also has a rich Chris­tian her­itage. In­deed, Charles’s aunt, the late Princess Mar­garet, used to pop across the bor­der when vis­it­ing the Jor­da­nian Royal fam­ily for lit­tle for­ays to Caper­naum and the Sea of Galilee.

Camilla may wish to note that there are more than a dozen branches of jew­eller H Stern, should there be time for shop­ping.


Prince Charles at­tends the 1995 funeral of slain Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Yitzhak Rabin along­side French Pres­i­dent Jac­ques Chirac, Bri­tish Premier John Ma­jor and other heads of state and dig­ni­taries

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