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Duke touches down in Israel for landmark first royal visit

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge made history yesterday when he stepped on to Israeli soil for the first official royal visit, on behalf of the Government, since the country's founding 70 years ago.

William's symbolic trip is something he has been keen to do and will see him sit down for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

With a visit to Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories also planned, where he will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the tour will be a tough diplomatic test.

It comes during a period of tension in the area - dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during recent protests.

The Duke arrived from Jordan, the first stop in his five-day visit to the Middle East, where he had made a pilgrimage to the spot in a Roman ruined city where his wife had posed for a picture when just a little girl.

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