Her Majesty the Queen is shortly to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee to mark 60 years on the throne.
Israel used to be a British Mandate between 1917-48 and ought to be a member of the British Commonwealth. It isn:t. Infact Mozambique that was a Portuguese colony was given membership.
Her Majesty has made dozens of visits to the Gulf arab countries over the years but has never step foot on Israeli soil which is really surprising. She might not receive a thoroughbred racehorse as a gift but surely it is about time for her to visit the birthplace of two great religeons.
Don’t you think it’s about time Her Majesty made an official visit to Israel ?
UK: Queen’s UAE trip doesn’t signify shift away from Israel
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
British Embassy denies ‘Telegraph’ report which claimed Foreign Office said Britain would ":take on board": Arab foreign policy.
The Queen’s visit to the United Arab Emirates does not signify a British policy shift away from Israel, the British Embassy in Tel Aviv said in a statement Thursday, in response to a report by The Daily Telegraph.
The embassy stressed that the UK is a ":firm friend of Israel and we remain wholly committed to IsraelвЂ™s security and to helping her reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.":
The Telegraph report had quoted British Foreign Office officials as saying that the Queen’s five-day state visit to the UAE shows that Britain plans to ":take on board": the goals of Arab foreign policy as well as improve diplomatic and trade ties with Arab states.
The British embassy statement also stressed that the UK would not alter policy to reflect Arab concerns. ":UK foreign policy on issues in the region – including on the Middle East peace process and Iran – is made on the basis of the UKвЂ™s national interest. The UK very much shares Israel’s concern over the potential risk posed by a nuclear Iran,": the statement read.
One diplomat was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, ":We have to respond to what Gulf States want. If we want a long-term partnership on foreign policy, then changes in our stance have to be part of it.":
However, the embassy maintained that there was ":no contradiction": between strengthening ties with partners in the Gulf, and support of Israel.
Other officials quoted in the Telegraph report had also said that British policies on settlements, the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead were ":motivators": for radical Islam, and that Hague’s Foreign Office has criticized Israel’s government under Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron more than it had under the Labour party.
In Abu Dhabi, British Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to sign a number of pacts including a nuclear cooperation accord with Emirati leaders. The UAE’s first nuclear reactors are being built by a South Korean consortium with the first phase expected to begin operations in 2017.
In an apparent jab at Iran’s nuclear standoff with the West, Hague praised the UAE’s nuclear program is ":based on transparency and international cooperation.":
":It is a model that we would encourage other states in the Middle East to emulate,": he wrote in the Dubai-based Gulf News on Wednesday.
Iran has said that it would strike Western interests in the Middle East, should Western countries strike their nuclear plants. There are 100,000 British residents in the UAE.
Queen Elizabeth visits giant mosque
The Queen toured one of the world’s largest mosques Wednesday in her visit to the UAE, a country with deep British ties.
The 84-year-old monarch wore a white hat covered by a gold scarf at Abu Dhabi’s Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, part of a massive marble complex that contains the tomb of the late Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the UAE after it gained statehood following more than 100 years as a British protectorate.
The queen, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip and Emirati leaders, paused for a moment outside the mosque to remove her shoes. Her outfit for the visit also included white gloves and an ankle-length white dress and coat. She made no comments as journalists looked on.
Britain’s historical links to the area stretch back to the 19th century. The UAE became a nation in 1971 after more than a century under British protection as part of a truce to protect ships sailing the important trade routes to India. Britain also played a key role in building the UAE military and other institutions.
The Queen plans to travel Thursday to neighboring Oman. Her schedule in the UAE includes formally launching a project for a new National Museum, which is being developed by partners including the British Museum.
Why should we want her here?
She’d probably be sympathetic to the Arab terrorists, who would make a lot of it.
To a war zone , behave yourself!!
I didn’t know she hadn’t, doesn’t Israel have to invite her first or something? have they ever done that?
after all it’s the only true democracy in the middle east.
She wouldn’t, not after mossad stole British identies and then forged British passports—————–
That is totally out of order and apology to the Queen is still waiting, but the Israeli’s don’t give a sh1t about our Queen so why should they invite, please do so she can tell them a resounding NO
maybe when they stop the apartheid like system there, blockades, human rights abuses and flouting of UN resolutions then she might consider it.
No, why would she visit an imaginary country?