President Reuven Rivlin also took to Twitter following Kensington Palace's announcement, calling the Prince "a very special guest," and the occasion "a very special present for our 70th year of independence."
The Duke of Cambridge will visit Israel, Jordan and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Summer. pic.twitter.com/VSdx7ts1Ff— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 1, 2018
Israel's Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev extended a gracious welcome to the royal heir along with a videotweeted a royal "Mazel Tov" to the couple, inviting them to honeymoon in Israel. In March 2017, The Independent reported that "the first state visit by a British Royal to Israel will go ahead this year," after President Rivlin extended the invitation during a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. It did not specify who the Royal would be, but speculated that it might be Prince Charles.Had such a visit come to pass, it would have coincided with the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the historical document in which Britain declared its commitment to support the establishment of a Jewish state in the Holy Land and which is often viewed as a catalyst for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Nechama & I were happy to hear @KensingtonRoyal announcement, and look forward to welcoming #PrinceWilliam, the Duke of Cambridge, on an official visit to the State of #Israel later this year. A very special guest, and a very special present for our 70th year of independence.— Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) March 1, 2018