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Prince’s support of Israel questioned

E-mails between staff members of England’s Prince Charles call his office’s attitude toward Israel into question.

Likely sent by accident to Israeli’s ambassador to England Zvi Heivetz, the e-mails have created a stir in Britain.

The e-mails between two of the prince’s aides, which were printed in Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, stated that there was “no chance ever” of the prince accepting an invitation to visit Israel. According to the Times of London, no member of the royal family has made a state visit to Israel.

The Israeli Embassy in London recently had invited the prince’s private secretary, Sir Michael Peat, and his deputy, Clive Alderton, to Israel as guests of the Knesset. Peat reportedly had initially expressed open enthusiasm about the trip, but it cooled.

The Israeli Embassy reportedly told the Times that it had no idea how the e-mails reached The Jewish Chronicle.

Jewish Leadership Council chairman Harry Grunwald told The Times that Prince Charles “is a great friend of the Jewish community” and urged the prince’s advisers to visit Israel.

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