Royal plans

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

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.

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