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UK's Prince William visits East Jerusalem holy sites

UK's Prince William visits East Jerusalem holy sites

William met ancestors of the Cohen family at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence on Tuesday after visiting the memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Britain's Prince William touches the Western Wall on June 28.

Imad Abu Shamsieh, Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders, also told Ma'an that the group of Israeli settlers stormed the home of resident, Bassam Abu Aisha, and the home of an elderly man from the Abu Aisha family, as well as assaulted other residents of the two houses.

"Kushner agreed to the Arab nations' demand and made ‎it clear during his meetings with [Jordan's] King ‎Abdullah and [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] el-‎Sisi that the interests of the Palestinian people ‎will not be harmed if the regional peace plan is ‎introduced without the Palestinian leadership's ‎cooperation", he said.

According to the report, Jordanian officials are said to have been upset with Israel's slow response which they described as "sleeping at the wheel", especially since the signing of a 2016 reconciliation agreement which Israel is adamant to maintain.

These remarks are at odds with Israeli Hayom daily's earlier report, suggesting that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan had given the green light to the U.S. plan for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process regardless of the PA's boycott and rejection of US' mediation role.

Thus, the Arab officials told United States envoys that any plan, which does not meet Palestinian expectations, could just increase tensions in the Middle East.




His statements were made a day after demonstrations swept the Palestinian territories in rejection of the USA peace plan, also known as the "Deal of the Century".

Prince William toured sensitive Jerusalem holy sites Thursday and paid a pilgrimage to the tomb of his great-grandmother on the final day of his historic royal visit to the Middle East.

The Palestinian security services in the West Bank occasionally detain Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israeli security agencies.

During his three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, William met with politicians, officials, high-profile Israelis from all walks of life, youth, children and refugees.

Though it was touted as a purely ceremonial trip and a chance for the young prince to meet with and hear ordinary people in the region, the political situation here is hard to avoid. "My sentiments are the same as yours in hoping that there is a lasting peace in the region".

Historically, Palestinians consider East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

With the homage, William followed in the footsteps of his father, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and grandfather Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who had also visited Princess Alice's grave.

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