For 70 long years, Israelis have watched Britain’s royals jet over their heads on visits to autocratic Middle Eastern countries without stopping in the Jewish state. 

Generations of Israeli presidents have extended invitations to Jerusalem, offering to show the royals the grave of Prince Phillip’s mother Alice on the Mount of Olives or the sites of Britain’s World War I victories over the Ottoman Empire. 

Each time they have been quietly rebuffed on the advice of the Foreign Office, which worried  about exposing the royal family to the treacherous politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and of upsetting the UK’s Arab allies.   

But that decades-long snub will come to an end this summer when…

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