In a correspondence with a friend, the heir to the throne also deplores the refusal of US presidents to embark on the 'Jewish lobby'
In a newly published letter of 1986, Prince Charles suggested that "the influx of European foreign Jews" was responsible for the Arab-Israeli conflict, and regretted that the American presidents did not put an end to it. "
The letter of 24 November 1986 was written to a friend, explorer Laurens van der Post, after a visit to the Gulf with Princess Diana. It was published by the Daily Mail this Sunday. Charles wrote that he now had a greater glimpse of Arab hostility toward Israel after the trip.
"Also begin to understand their point of view on Israel. I never realized they considered him an American colony, "he wrote. "I appreciate now that the Arabs and the Jews were all Semitic people at the beginning. It is the influx of European foreign Jews (especially from Poland, they say) that has contributed to causing great problems. "
Charles, who was 38 at the time, then suggested that immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel was a fundamental cause of terrorism that needed to be addressed.
"I know there are so many complex problems, but how can we stop terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? He wrote.
It was not clear in the letter whether he was referring to European Jews who immigrated to Israel before or after the Holocaust and the establishment of the country in 1948.
Charles also wrote that he hoped that an American president would take the "Jewish lobby", presumably to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"Certainly, an American president must have the courage to stand up and take the Jewish lobby in the United States," wrote Charles. "I must be naive, I guess. "
Following the publication of the letter, the editor-in-chief of the weekly Jewish Chronicle described his content as "shocking" and criticized the prince's use of the term "Jewish lobby".
"For me, this is the most amazing element of the prince's letter. The 'Jewish lobby' is one of the anti-Semitic themes that has persisted for centuries. It is this myth, there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or the banks or anything, "said Stephen Pollard, quoted by the Mail.
Pollard also said that the views in the letter expressed by Charles were "the absolute classic Arab explanation of the problems in the Middle East. "
"And that's what everyone has always said about the British aristocracy - the idea that Jews were foreigners who did not really belong in Israel until we decided to make their homeland, "said Pollard. "Historically it's nonsense and it's quite stunning when it comes from the heir to the throne. "
A spokeswoman for Prince Charles said the letter did not reflect his point of view but only relayed the arguments he had heard during his trip.
"He shared the arguments in a private correspondence with a long-time friend in order to improve his understanding of what he always acknowledged to be a deeply complex issue in his own analysis in 1986," said the spokesperson. .
She also announced that Prince Charles "has continued his study of the complex and difficult issues he has mentioned here" and defended his "proven experience of supporting Jewish and Arab communities around the world" and promoting inter-faith dialogue. -religious.
In March, President Reuven Rivlin publicly invited Prince Charles to visit Israel during the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, although British media said the prince would not visit the Jewish state in 2017.
Although it has never been officially confirmed by London or Jerusalem, a senior official of the British Jewish community told Times of Israel last November that plans were underway for a member of the royal family to visit Israel for the first time.
According to the tabloid The Sun, the Visiting Committee of the Royal Family, the branch of the Foreign Office which coordinates travel on behalf of the royal family, denied the visit in an apparent effort "to avoid upsetting the Arab countries of the region regularly hosting British royal personalities . "
No member of the British Royal Family has ever made an official visit to Israel
The report said that Rivlin's invitation never reached Prince Charles's office.
While royalty visited Israel in the past, no representative of the British monarchy ever came to the country during an official "royal tour".
The presence of Prince Charles at the funeral of Shimon Peres last year and the funeral of killed Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1994 did not include diplomatic meetings and are not considered official royal visits. In 1994, his father, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, did not have the opportunity to attend a ceremony commemorating his mother, Alice from Battenbergwho is buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Despite many invitations over the years, no British government has approved such a visit to Israel since the end of the British mandate and the creation of the state in 1948.
Israeli officials bristled at the reluctance of royalty to come to the Jewish state, as they seem to have no qualms about visiting authoritarian states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Times of Israel team contributed to this article.