Prince William’s First Day in Israel

Having arrived in Israel on Monday evening, Prince William had a busy first day in the country, with a challenging start.  His first appointment was a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Centre accompanied by its chairman Avner Shalev and others including Ephraim Mirvis, the British Chief Rabbi. During the visit he met Paul Alexander and Henry Foner who were both rescued from Nazi Germany in the Kindertransport operation.

Afterwards William wrote in the Yad Vashem guest book:

‘It has been a profoundly moving experience to visit Yad Vashem today.
It is almost impossible to comprehend this appalling event in history …

But the actions of those few, who took great risks to help others,
are a reminder of the human capacity for love and hope.
I am honoured that my own great grandmother is one of these Righteous Among the Nations.’

‘We must never forget the Holocaust – the murder of 6 million men, women and children,
simply because they were Jewish. We all have a responsibility to remember and to teach
future generations about the horrors of the past so that they can never reoccur.
May the millions of Jewish people remembered by Yad Vashem never be forgotten.’

Following his visit to the Yad Vashem, Prince William met Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife. William then went on to meet Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, who asked him to take a message of peace to the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, who he will meet later in the week.

This evening William is due to travel to the city of Jaffa, where he will meet young people participating in co-existence projects involving people from different religious and ethnic communities in the land.