Prince Charles following Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ induction ceremony because the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the UK and the Commonwealth on the St John’s Wood Synagogue in London, Sept. 1, 2013. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM (JTA) — In a newly revealed letter from 1968, Prince Charles instructed the “influx of foreign, European Jews” was a reason behind turmoil within the Middle East.
After a go to to the Gulf with Princess Diana, Charles wrote to a pal that he had gained larger perception into Arab’s hostility towards Israel, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. He instructed the arrival of Jews from Europe was a driver of terrorism.
“Also begin to understand their point of view about Israel. Never realized they see it as a US colony,” he wrote on Nov. 24, 1986. “I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally + it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems.”
In the following sentence, he stated, “I do know there are such a lot of complicated points, however how can there ever be an finish to terrorism except the causes are eradicated?
Many Jews contemplate Israel a part of their historic homeland and reject options that they’re outsiders in it.
Charles, who was 38 years previous on the time, ended the letter to explorer Laurens van der Post “naive” by expressing naive hope U.S. president would stand as much as the “Jewish lobby.”
“Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US? I must be naive, I suppose,” he stated.
Some Jews see the time period “Jewish lobby” as invoking anti-Semitic canards that paint Jews as nefarious outsiders who search to govern their international locations for their very own ends.
A spokeswoman for Charles stated he was not expressing his views within the letter however solely recounting these he encountered throughout this journey.
“He was sharing the arguments in private correspondence with a long-standing friend in an attempt to improve his understanding of what he has always recognized is a deeply complex issue to which he was coming early on in his own badysis in 1986,” the spokeswoman stated.
She additionally stated Charles “has continued his study of the complex and difficult themes he referenced here” and defended his “proven track record of support for both Jewish and Arab communities around the world” and promotion of interfaith dialogue.
Despite quite a few invites through the years, no British royal has ever come to Israel on an official “royal tour.” Prince Charles attended the funerals of Israeli prime ministers Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin, however didn’t maintain diplomatic conferences.