Paul Calvert spoke with Israelis and Palestinians about their historic and current suffering, and what they hope will happen because of Prince William's visit.
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Paul: He will get to talk to young people as well. Do you think it's important that he talks to young people? Are young people going through difficulties? And what would you want the young people to share with him?
Fadi: I encourage the young people to open their hearts and to share what is the fear from the future. We are like Palestinian, because we have many issues, like refugees, where is the next step; like politics, and economic facing the young adult; and thinking I want to go out of the country to see my future. But it's good the young adults open their hearts and to share the fear and what they are facing in a difficult situation.
Paul: He will celebrate Palestinian culture, music and food. What sort of food do you think he is going to eat?
Fadi: We have many traditional foods. I encourage him because I am from Gaza to eat fish, it's very delicious. We have traditional and we are very happy to see that and to taste that. It's very important.
Rosie Ross is a lady who has been living in the land for 20 years. She is married to a British Jewish man, and they are both originally from the UK. She has had her children and served in the Israeli army. I began by asking her if it was important that Prince William was going to tour Yad Vashem?
Rosie: I think it is important for anyone who comes to Israel to go to Yad Vashem. The history of the Holocaust, the history of the persecution of the Jewish people, is vitally important for people to understand. To understand the situation today for the Jewish people and to understand how deep rooted this sense of being persecuted and the reality of being persecuted is within the Jewish psyche. It was a terrible atrocity as we all know, but it's very easy for us to know the facts, but I think going to Yad Vashem enables one to take it deeper and actually hear some of the personal stories and personal testimonies that are recorded, but he will also meet Holocaust survivors themselves, so that will be a wonderful opportunity for him.
Paul: Are Israelis happy that he is coming?
Rosie: I wouldn't like to speak for all Israelis. I think it's mixed. On the whole people are hopeful, but of course there has been a difficulty in the relationship between Britain and Israel, which stems back to the time of the British Mandate. The British very much reneged on promises made under the Balfour Declaration and in the San Remo treaty 1920. As a result of that there are still many who are alive today who remember at the time of the mandate, being on the ships that were turned away by the British. There is still that very deep legacy within Israel that many British people are not aware of, and we very much hope that the Prince himself will be made aware of that fact and there will be an apology that will come from the royal family and the Government.
I also spoke with Itamar, an Israeli from Jerusalem, to find out what he wanted to hear from Prince William on his visit.
Itamar: In a visit like this I really just want to hear messages of peace. I would be very happy if he would criticise some of the impediments to peace that come from the Palestinian side: school books that promote intense hatred and that glorify killers of Israelis as role models and heroes, but I don't believe he will get that much information here in such a short time, but if he would that would possibly be helpful. I don't think the Palestinian Authority is ever going to change their hate ways until international leaders like Prince William call them out on this publicly, for what they are doing to their children, filling them with hate and teaching them to be martyrs.
I also asked Rosemary from the Anglican school in Jerusalem what she was hoping he was going to say on this trip.
Rosemary: I am hoping he is going to see that there are two sides to the conflict. I am hoping that he is going to be balanced in his views. I am hoping that he will see the good things that people are doing in Jerusalem, and I am hoping that he will want to know more about the Anglican school and how we have so many internationals here. We have all faiths and religions here; Palestinians, Jewish people, and all backgrounds. We work for reconciliation in the school and I would like him to know that and understand that.
The final day of Prince William's tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories
This morning (Thursday) was a day to focus on religion for Prince William, as he visited the three holy sites of the three monotheistic faiths.