‘Terrifying…trying to comprehend the scale,’ Prince William says at Yad Vashem

‘Terrifying…trying to comprehend the scale,’ Prince William says at Yad Vashem

‘Terrifying…trying to comprehend the scale,’ Prince William says at Yad Vashem

Coming at the start of the first official trip by a British royal to both Israel and the Palestinian territories, it was in striking contrast to his earlier visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in western Jerusalem.

Netanyahu on Monday issued a statement ahead of Prince William's visit, welcoming him on behalf of the citizens of Israel.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a year ago visited the Stutthof camp, following in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles who has long taken a particular interest in honouring survivors of the Holocaust and those who came to Britain on the Kindertransport.

It's being described as "non-political" allowing a spotlight to be put on "the people of the region: their cultures, their young people, their aspirations and their experiences".

Until now it had been British policy not to make an official royal visit until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was resolved.

It's a high-profile foreign trip for William, second in line to the throne, and comes at a time of widening rifts between Israelis and Palestinians.

He was given a short tour of the museum before meeting two survivors of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered during World War II.

Prince William began his visit to Israel on Tuesday with an emotional tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, a soccer game with Arab and Jewish youth and an introduction to Tel Aviv's vibrant start-up scene. "It's a great honour for me to be able to say thank you, symbolically, to the British people who saved my life".

It said: "Princess Alice personally saw to it that the members of the persecuted Jewish family had everything they needed, and even visited them in their hiding place, spending many hours in their company".

Henry Foner, 86, and Paul Alexander, 80, were among thousands of Jewish children taken in by Britain as part of the 1930s "Kindertransport" from a continental Europe that was falling to German conquest.

During a visit to archaeological site Jerash, William tracked down the spot 4-year-old Kate, sister Pippa, and father Michael struck a pose decades prior.

He will stay in Jerusalem at the King David Hotel, former headquarters of the British administration during the mandate in Palestine before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

The duke will also meet the country's President Reuven Rivlin. "It was as if he knew us, he knew the background and he made us feel so at home". The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their future capital.

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