Report: King Charles to become first UK sovereign to visit Israel

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Member of the House of Lords says Charles III is gearing up for the first trip to Israel by a British royal sovereign.

Preparations are currently taking place for King Charles III, the newly crowned monarch of Britain, to make history as the first sovereign of the UK to visit the Holy Land, as reported by British media on Sunday.

Lord Stuart Polak, a Conservative peer in the House of Lords who served as the director of Conservative Friends of Israel for over 25 years, told The Daily Mail Sunday that “the preparation has been done by his team to pave the way for this visit.”

“There is no doubt that Charles will be the one to break this pattern.”

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According to the British tabloid, Charles is expected to include a visit to the Palestinian Authority in order to avoid criticism from the Arab world. Prior to ascending the throne, Charles had privately traveled to Israel on three occasions.

During her 70-year reign, Charles’s mother, Queen Elizabeth II, never visited Israel, amid concerns it would cause a backlash in the Arab world.

Sunday’s report noted that President Isaac Herzog has personally engaged in lobbying efforts to encourage the king’s visit. However, the threat of rocket attacks from Gaza posed a significant obstacle in determining a specific date for the visit.

Source: Arutz 7

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