8:44 AM, Nov 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
You won't find the British royals in the holy land. Elliott Abrams calls it, "The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues."
"[T]he Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral," Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration, observes.
"By contrast, in just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the request of the Foreign Office, it was announced).
"And Prince Harry also visited Oman. Now with all due respect, Oman is a country of 3.6 million people with a GDP of $80 billion. Israel is a country of 8 million people with a GDP of about $300 billion. No point in laboring the comparison, but one might add that Prince Charles visited Oman in 2013 and the Queen herself visited there in 2010."
According to Abrams, there are 3 reasons to explain why the British royals refuse to visit Israel.
"There are really only three logical explanations. The first is that the British royals only like to visit royals, and try to stay away from republics. But Prince Charles has visited Egypt time after time, so there goes that theory. The second possible explanation is fear–fear that any kind of royal visit to Israel would harm the UK, for example if Arab lands retaliated by cutting trade with Britain. This is silly. Prince Charles visited Jordan last year and could easily have helicoptered over for a day in Israel. Princes Andrew or Harry could have stopped by while in the Middle East as well. Given the current tacit alliance of Israel and the Gulf monarchies against Iran and ISIS, the likelihood that such visits would have harmed the UK is impossibly small. The third possible explanation for the continuing refusal of the British royals to set foot in Israel is that either they or the Foreign Office harbor deep and undying enmity toward the Jewish state."
6:31 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The British Labour party announced David Axelrod will be working to help Ed Miliband become the next prime minister.
4:01 PM, Jul 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama's reelection campaign has seized on this blind quotation in today's edition of the British newspaper the Telegraph:
7:25 AM, Jul 24, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Last week, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report and held hearings on the giant British-based HSBC bank. HSBC Holdings was ranked as the sixth-largest public company in the world by Forbes in 2011, with assets of $2.5 trillion.
12:53 PM, Jun 1, 2012 • By THERESA CIVANTOS
The British government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, recently introduced a new initiative offering first-time parents relationship counseling, childcare classes, and advice via email and text message – all subsidized by the National Health Service, Department of Health, and Department for Education.
11:44 AM, Dec 14, 2011 • By ZACK MUNSON
With still about a month until its American release, controversy is beginning to swirl around the new Harvey Weinstein produced Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady. That a Hollywood film about the life of one of the 20th Century’s great conservatives might play fast and loose with the facts should certainly come as no surprise.
4:04 PM, Nov 29, 2011 • By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
The attack on the British embassy in Tehran came just days after the Iranian “parliament” voted to expel the British ambassador, and therefore reeks of official complicity. The attack—complete with an invasion of the grounds, looting, and a brief hostage-taking—is an always useful reminder of the nature of the regime in Tehran. These are thugs, whatever their religious titles.
The American Civil War from the vantage point of London.Oct 17, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 05 • By JONATHAN LEAF
Mark Twain once said that it was more interesting to talk to Civil War veterans about battles than to chat with poets about the moon as the versifiers had not ordinarily been to the moon.
11:00 AM, Sep 22, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York, New York—"Until we have a resolution to see, Daniel, the United Kingdom is not answering that question and you will not evoke another answer, I know, from another authoritative source from the United Kingdom delegation,” Alistair Burt, a member of Parliament and a member of the UK delegation to the U.N., tells me in response to a question about whether his nation will support the Palestinian bid for statehood this week.
6:00 PM, Apr 24, 2011 • By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
With all of the hubbub leading up to the royal wedding this week, it is hard not to get excited about the nuptials of the future queen! Check out Samantha Sault’s take on Kate Middleton’s effect on British Fashion Week, from our March 28th issue:
1:07 PM, Apr 20, 2011 • By CHARLOTTE HAYS
Jerry Seinfeld’s snide remarks on the upcoming royal nuptials have offended the Brits—and me.
The mortal implications of man’s place in nature.Apr 4, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 28 • By LAWRENCE KLEPP
The Immortalization Commission Science and the Strange Quest
to Cheat Death
by John Gray