Just when you might have thought that everything was under control: the Church of England has no plans to boycott Israel at present; the academic boycott is deemed illegal and the NUJ one scuppered, I receive this from The London Times, and asked to comment:
It's based on leaked e-mails obtained by the Jewish Chronicle and printed by them in full
These leaked e-mail show up yet again the utter duplicity and hypocrisy of Prince Charles' staff, no doubt reflecting the views of the man himself.
What is utterly ridiculous is the suggestion made in one of the e-mails that by visiting Israel, Prince Charles would somehow burnish its international image.
I've got news for the man. Most Israelis think that Charles a total idiot. And many go further, blaming him for Princess Diana's death.
So it might well be the case that in coming here Prince Charles would actually be burnishing his own somewhat tarnished image. To many Israelis, Britain is already persona non grata because of all its boycott attempts and antisemitic discourse, which the Royal Family has done absolutely nothing to stem, and some might say, a fair bit to encourage.
For example, the Queen's 2004 Christmas message was a sop to Muslim terrorists and Sikh instigators. Supposedly geared towards the ethnic minorities in Britain, it managed to leave out the Jewish community altogether, even though we had caused no bother to anyone, had lived peacefully and contributed to society well beyond our small numbers. In 2006 I was even invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of which the Queen is patron.
Another insult to the Jewish community was the Queen's blunt refusal to attend Holocaust Memorial Day when first invited, at its instigation, by her own government.
Then, at the time of HMD 2005, her grandson, Charles' son, Harry, donned Nazi insignia, with William and an experienced aide standing by.
What is more, I also get the impression that many Biritsh institutions in Israel do not know much about the country and are in love with all things Arab. It's amazing how many of them speak Arabic (an extremely difficult language) and not Hebrew (an extremely easy language) for instance. So, it's not surprising that this leaked memo is typical of the type of duplicity that we've come to expect from Britain, especially in their dealings with the Jewish community.
Here's Melanie Phillips' take on the subject, with which I totally concur.
And here's Haaretz
which follows on from this:
What's really interesting however is that the response of the outgoing Israeli Ambassador, Zvi Heifetz to this pathetic saga is quite different in Haaretz than in the Jewish Chronicle.
Bet he's glad to be home!
By the way, on last checking Haaretz had received nearly 500 irate comments about Prince Charles on their site. A record, I think.
But then, of course, he's always preferred the Saudi Arabian approach, where such lese majeste would be put down immediately.