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The decision to send the Duke of Cambridge to Israel was not taken lightly by the government. No member of the royal family had ever been to the Holy Land on an official visit, though many have been made to Arab nations.

It always seemed odd that the region's only true democracy was off limits. The unspoken rationale appeared to be that a royal presence would give Israel kudos the British government was reluctant to bestow.

The symbolism of this event, therefore, cannot be overestimated and its importance has not been lost on Israel. Seventy years after the foundation of the Jewish state, this is seen as treating Israel as a normal, established democratic nation. (Telegraph-UK)

Pray that Prince William's time in Israel—which undoubtedly has created a far better understanding of the Jewish state's history, beauty, challenges and achievements—will have far-reaching positive effects and be only the beginning of many visits by England's monarchs to Israel.

This article originally appeared at visionforisrael.com.

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