Prince Charles, the "Settler"

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

New reports have emerged that on his recent trip to Israel for some state ceremony, Prince Charles visited his grandmother's grave on the Mount of Olives. (News story here) This of course has raised eyebrows since the Royal Family "officially" avoids controversy and does not recognize Israel's sovereignty in "east" Jerusalem. (Keep in mind, they don't recognize Israel's sovereignty in "west" Jerusalem either, similar to the United States, even when George W. Bush was President). 

On one hand, it doesn't seem proper to politicize a personal act by the Prince to visit a close relative's grave. It must be mentioned that the woman buried in the grave personally rescued Jews in Greece during the Holocaust and has been recognized for her heroism by Yad Vashem. He didn't make a big fuss about the visit and clearly was not intending to make a political statement of any kind. 

HOWEVER, on the other hand, it cannot be ignored that his visit was made possible and practical by the very Israeli sovereignty that he, his family, and his country refuse to recognize. Its a reality. Israeli sovereignty over the Mount of Olives is a reality, regardless of what the international community, including the royals, feel about it. The sooner this is understood and absorbed by the Israeli Government/Populace, the sooner we will legally apply and aggressively defend Israeli sovereignty to more and more of the Land of Israel. And the sooner the entire world will benefit from it, even if they don't "recognize" it. 

As David Ben-Gurion famously said: "what matters is not what the goyim say, but what the Jews do." Its been 50 years, its time to do - to apply Israeli sovereignty and develop our Land to its full potential.

Shana Tova and Kasiva v'Chasima Tova,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem