Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott

In her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II crisscrossed the globe, but purposely skipped Israel. In 1984, during a visit to Jordan, she found the settlements 'depressing' and the Air Force’s planes frightening

Ofer Aderet
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In 1986, Margaret Thatcher became the first British leader to visit Israel. Journalist David Landau, later Haaretz editor-in-chief, dared to ask her when the queen would visit. “But I’m here,” the Iron Lady replied. In 2014, not long before he passed, Landau was awarded the OBE for his contributions to Israeli-British relations. He did not ask the queen directly why she refrained from visiting here.

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Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott