The longest wait is forever

The Queen is on an official trip to Germany – a visit that will include a stop at a concentration camp. The headline set me thinking about why the Queen has never made a visit to Israel. Such members of the Royal Family that have visited, have always done so with officialdom stressing – and stressing, and stressing, and stressing – that the visit was a personal one. So, the question is not only, why hasn’t the Queen visited Israel? Why hasn’t any member of the Royal Family made an official visit to Israel?

During her reign, the Queen has made official visits to many countries in the Middle East, including:

  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

Despots, dictators, racists, and terrorist supporters. Apparently it’s OK to visit those countries. But Israel…

So what’s the problem with Israel?

  • Is the Royal Family antisemitic?
  • Is the Royal Family anti-Israel?
  • Is the Royal Family prevented by the Arabists at the Foreign Office from going on an official visit to Israel?

Whatever the reason, it’s an excuse, and a rude state of affairs that contributes to the demonization and delegitimization of Israel.

Who will call them out on this? Or are we waiting in vain?