Welby to visit Is­rael

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JENNI FRAZER

THE ARCH­BISHOP of Can­ter­bury, Justin Welby, is to visit Is­rael in May, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Caro­line.

The cou­ple spent their honey­moon there and Arch­bishop Welby is said to be “thrilled” at the prospect of re­turn­ing.

For se­cu­rity rea­sons few de­tails of the trip have yet been con­firmed, but it is known that the Arch­bishop will give a ma­jor speech on the theme of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion at the Peres Cen­ter for Peace in Jaffa.

The visit, ex­pected to last for up to 12 days, will take in Am­man, Jerusalem, Haifa and Acre, as well as Beth­le­hem.

A mem­ber of the Arch­bishop’s staff, who have made a num­ber of pre­lim­i­nary trips to Is­rael, said the Arch­bishop hoped to have meet­ings with Is­raeli pres­i­dent Reu­ven Rivlin, Pales­tinian pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, and, pos­si­bily, with Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

Dur­ing the visit the Arch­bishop will be in­stalled as an episcopal can­non at St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral in Jerusalem, with mem­bers of many dif­fer­ent Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions present at the ser­vice.

He is also ex­pected to visit the Ko­tel and the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre in Jerusalem and hopes for a pos­si­ble meet­ing with Is­rael’s chief rab­bis.

On the ad­vice of the For­eign of­fice, his del­e­ga­tion will not speak to Ha­mas lead­ers or Is­raeli set­tlers.

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