We are delighted that David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has clarified that the Foreign Office — despite suspicions to the contrary, arising from royal aides’ ill-advised emails — has absolutely no “difficulties” with facilitating a high-level royal visit to Israel. We are also pleased to learn that the Prince of Wales feels warmly enough about Israel to make an unscheduled toast to that country’s president at a formal World Jewish Relief dinner. And we are reassured that Prince Michael, as we report today, is keen to enjoy his own visit to the country some time soon. So we can only hope that all these expressions of goodwill are likely to result in an official government announcement some time soon that a formal state visit by a British royal is actively being planned. The Israeli government has already shown its willingness to assist, as we reported last week. Therefore, according to Mr Miliband, all that remains is for Clarence House and the Foreign Office to “find the right time and the right place to take this forward”. That would certainly kill any misguided rumours about an enduring Arabist bias on the part of Her Majesty’s Foreign Office.