Israel’s President Isaac Herzog meets Prince Charles in London

Had Queen Elizabeth, the 95-year-old British monarch, been in better health, President Isaac Herzog’s visit to the UK this week could have been a state visit rather than a simple official visit or a working visit.

The queen, after being absent from various engagements that she traditionally attends, made her first public appearance last week after other royals took up her role, especially on Remembrance Day. On Wednesday of last week, she was photographed at Windsor Castle with General Sir Nick Carter, Britain’s defense chief, and on Sunday she set out to attend the christenings of two of her great-grandchildren.

However, when it came to receiving the visiting heads of state, it was not the queen, but Prince Charles, heir to the throne, who received Herzog on Monday morning.

The Prince of Wales greeted Herzog at his Highgrove House residence in Gloucestershire with a warm handshake.

As anticipated beforehand, the two discussed the urgency of taking action in the face of global warming and climate change. The prince is a very enthusiastic environmentalist, a factor pointed out by Herzog, who thanked him for his personal leadership over many years on matters of environmental concern.

Britain’s Prince Charles attends the annual National Remembrance Service in Whitehall, London, Britain, on November 14, 2021 (credit: REUTERS / TOBY MELVILLE / POOL)

Herzog also emphasized that the environment is one of the central themes of his presidency and conveyed Israel’s commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Regarding Israel’s technological innovations, Herzog said Israel has much to contribute to global efforts in attempting to conquer the negative effects of climate change and promote innovative green technologies.

Emphasizing the importance Israel attaches to relations with the United Kingdom, Herzog referred to his own personal affinity with Britain as the son of a Belfast-born WWII army commander who participated in the Normandy landings and the liberation from the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. .

Herzog also mentioned that he was a direct descendant of rabbis from both sides of his father’s family, who had served communities across Britain.

Prince Charles had been to Israel in January 2020 to participate in the Fifth World Holocaust Forum which coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Herzog thanked him for his participation and his important ongoing work in promoting Holocaust education.

The two also discussed regional issues and the existential threats Israel still faces.

Before saying goodbye, Herzog presented the prince with a gift that was both personal and public: a nursing scholarship of compassion and perseverance from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing at Hadassah Hebrew University in memory of the grandmother. paternal of the prince, Princess Alice of Battenberg. , which sheltered a Jewish family in Greece during the Holocaust and has been recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

The princess is buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and Prince Charles visited her grave last year.

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