What did England’s Prince Charles Say?

The Daily Mail, a newspaper in Great Britain published a 1986 letter from Prince Charles to an American friend where he urged the US to ‘take on the Jewish lobby’ – and blamed ‘the influx of foreign Jews’ for causing unrest in the Middle East.

More shocking than the letter itself was the surprise of the British public and Israel supporters across the world as Charles has never shown an affinity for the Jewish state.

Written to Laurens van der Post, the Prince wrote the letter on the way home from an official trip to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar with his then-wife Princess Diana. The letter was not “leaked,” but it was found in a public archive and says in part:

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Tried to read bit of Koran on way out and it gave me some insight into way they [Arabs] think and operate. Don’t think they could understand us through reading Bible though!”

Also I now begin to understand better their [Arabs’] point of view about Israel. Never realized they see it as a US colony.

I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems. I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated?

Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US? I must be naive, I suppose!

The Jewish lobby is a term which promotes the classic anti-Semitic canard that the Jews control the U.S. Government While there are groups that lobby for Israel such as AIPAC they are not “Jewish” in nature, rather their membership runs across religions and party-lines. Generally, the phrases “Jewish lobby” or “Israel Lobby” are used without mentioning other ‘lobbies’ or mentioning that Judaism is a grassroots faith, thus Jews do not have a homogeneous position on anything.



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