Prins Charles i tradisjonell saudi-drakt i forbindelse med dansen Ardi i Riyadh 18. februar 2014. Foto: Fayez Nureldine/Reuters(Scanpix
Det har kommet for dagen et brev fra prins Charles der han legger skylden på jødene for uro i Midtøsten og ellers ber om at det tas et oppgjør med «den jødiske lobbyen» i USA. Brevet er fra 1986, men røper uansett en innstilling som dessverre ikke er ukjent i den britiske eliten.
Under annen verdenskrig satt det embetsmenn i Foreign Office som uttalte seg på samme måte. Det ble klaget over «those wailing Jews», disse jamrende jødene. Uviljen mot jøder er et britisk dannelsesproblem.
Prins Charles uttrykker seg i et brev til vennen og globetrotteren Laurence van der Post.
Writing to his close friend Laurens van der Post in 1986, the Prince makes a startling assessment of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He argues it was the exodus of European Jews in the middle of the last century that ‘helped to cause the great problems’.
He goes on to say terrorism in the region will only end when its causes are eliminated.
He then expresses the hope a US President will find the courage to stand up to the American ‘Jewish lobby’.
Last night, Stephen Pollard, influential editor of The Jewish Chronicle, said: ‘To me this is the most astonishing element of the Prince’s letter. The “Jewish lobby” is one of the anti-Semitic themes that have endured for centuries. It is this myth there are these very powerful Jews who control foreign policy or the media or banks or whatever.’
Mr Pollard described the letter as ‘jaw-droppingly shocking’, adding: ‘That they [the Prince’s comments] come from the heir to the throne is unsettling, to put it mildly.’
Samtidig er Charles kjent for å være svært pro-islamsk. Brevet ble skrevet like etter en reise til Golf-landene. Det han hørte, syntes å ha falt på fruktbar mark.
It was written on November 24, 1986, immediately after an official visit the then 38-year-old Prince made to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar with Princess Diana.
He notes the tour was ‘fascinating’ and that he learned ‘a lot about the Middle East and Arab outlook’.
He goes on: ‘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 realised 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!’
Det understrekes av Daily Mail hvor godt forhold Prins Charles har til det jødiske samfunnet i Storbritannia. Men det handler om sosial tilpasning, som er prinsens oppgave, og må ikke forveksles med hans holdninger. Prins Charles har ved flere anledninger hyllet islam.
Å beklage jødisk innvandring til Israel i 1986, enten det nå var før eller etter annen verdenskrig, er like sjokkerende. Britene hadde Palestina som mandatområde og stengte for jødisk innvandring, også etter at nazistens forfølgelse var blitt åpenbar.
Suggestions that Charles holds pro-Palestinian views are supported by his letter to van der Post.
He writes there is much to admire about Islam ‘especially its accent on hospitality and accessibility of rulers’.
In 1993, Charles delivered what was then considered to be the most pro-Islamic speech ever made by a member of the Royal Family.
He said: ‘Islam can teach us today a way of understanding and living in the world which Christianity is poorer for having lost.’
He added: ‘These two worlds, the Islamic and the Western, are at something of a crossroads in their relations. We must not let them stand apart.’
Det har alltid vært en pro-arabisk fløy i Foreign Office, men hos prins Charles virker det å være et svermeri for islam som kan forbindes med hans svermeri for den grønne bevegelsen.
Britiske medier har latterliggjort ham for dette.
Det er vanskelig å se hvor Charles’ antipatier slutter og Foreign Offices begynner:
In 2003, it was reported the Prince had not been to the US for the previous six years on Foreign Office advice, largely because of his criticism of US policy in the Middle East.
Charles eller Foreign Office sin antipati overlevde altså 9/11. Det er ganske spesielt.
Foreign Office har også spilt en rolle når det gjelder å fraråde kongefamilien å ha noe med Israel å gjøre. Ingen kongelig har noensinne besøkt Israel. Det er spesielt.
Våpensalg til Saudi-Arabia veier tyngre. Men ikke bare penger. Israels suksess er i en viss forstand Storbritannias nederlag, i noens øyne. Storbritannia var en stor aktør i Midtøsten, men det tok brått slutt med Suez-krisen, da britene ville sette Gamal Abdel Nasser på plass for nasjonalisering av Suez-kanalen. Det ble britenes siste sprell. Amerikanerne overtok derfra.
Britene ble ydmyket, og den følelsen sitter nok igjen.
A diplomatic source said at the time the Prince had ‘in American terms and international terms, fairly dodgy views on Israel. He thinks American policy in the Middle East is complete madness.’
In 2007, leaked emails between senior Clarence House staff put Charles at the centre of a row about the Royals’ attitude towards the Jewish state.
Exchanges between Sir Michael Peat, the Prince’s then principal secretary, and Clive Alderton, Sir Michael’s deputy, contained apparently disparaging remarks about Israel.
Earlier that year, the Israeli embassy invited the two senior aides to Israel for a four-day visit as guests of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament.
Sir Michael initially replied enthusiastically, saying: ‘The invitation is hugely appreciated and Clive and I would love to come.’
But a month later, there was an exchange of emails between Mr Alderton and Sir Michael that were apparently accidentally copied to the outgoing Jewish ambassador.
In the emails, Mr Alderton complains of being ‘pursued’ by the ambassador and says: ‘Safe to assume there is no chance of this visit ever actually happening?
‘Acceptance would make it hard to avoid the many ways in which Israel would want HRH [Prince Charles] to help burnish its international image. In which case, let’s agree a way to lower his expectations.’
Over the years, the Prince has forged a close relationship with the Saudi royal family. But no Royal has ever visited Israel in an official capacity.
Officials say it is because there is no permanent peace deal in the region.
Earlier this year, however, Charles was pencilled in to visit the country to mark the Balfour centenary and honour thousands of British war dead.
But the idea was vetoed by the Foreign Office amid claims it would upset Israel’s Arab neighbours.
Prins Charles illustrerer at den britiske overklassen råtner. Charles’ holdninger til USA og Israel er en brikke i forståelsen av Storbritannias aksept av islam.