(JNS.org) The U.K. has reportedly nixed a scheduled visit to Israel by British royal family member Prince Charles, The Sun reported Sunday.
Prince Charles was due to be the first British royal to travel to the Jewish state on an official visit since Israel’s founding in 1948. The British Foreign Office reportedly canceled the visit to avoid aggravating diplomatic ties with Arab states.
“Her Majesty’s government makes decisions on royal visits based on recommendations from the Royal Visits Committee, taking into account advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said regarding the reported cancellation, according to The Jewish Chronicle of London.
“The committee never proposed a royal visit to Israel for 2017. Plans for 2018 will be announced in due course,” the spokesperson added.
During his trip, Prince Charles was set to honor 16,000 British and Commonwealth military veterans killed during the British conquest of Turkish Palestine in 1917.
The prince’s visit would have also coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which recognized the right of the Jewish people to establish a state in their historic homeland and served as a catalyst for the creation of the modern state of Israel.
Col. Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, called the trip’s cancellation an “insult to British war dead” and blasted the Foreign Office for “pandering” to Arab leaders.