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Prince William To Visit Jerusalem In June

(JTA) — In his historic visit to Israel, Britain’s Prince William will come to Jerusalem in the end of June, the British Royal Family said.

The announcement Friday about the visit sometime between June 24 and 28 was the first confirmation that Prince William, whose official title is the Duke of Cambridge, will visit the Israeli capital on the first-ever state visit to Israel by a senior British Royal, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The visit to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authorities was announced in March but it contained no specific dates and did not mention Jerusalem. It did day William’s visit “is at the request of Her Majesty’s Government and has been welcomed by the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian authorities.”

In Jordan, William is to visit Amman and Jerash. In the Palestinian Authority, he will visit Ramallah and in Israel he will visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, according to the report Friday.

Like most of the world’s countries, the United Kingdom does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, pending the resolution of peace talks with the Palestinians, whose leaders also claim Jerusalem as the capital for their future state. The British foreign office’s official map of Israel lists no capital, describing both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as an “administrative center.”

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