Britain's Prince Charles is facing backlash for a letter he penned in 1986, in which he said the U.S. should take on the "Jewish lobby" and offered what many say is a controversial assessment of Arab-Israeli violence.
The 31-year-old letter, which was first obtained by The Daily Mail on Saturday, quotes the future king as saying European Jews have ‘helped to cause the great problems' in the Middle East, attributing the violence in the region to the massive movement of Jewish people to the area in the twentieth century.The Prince of Wales goes on to express his hope that the U.S. president, who was President Reagan at the time, would stand up to the "Jewish lobby."
News of the letter has sparked backlash.
The editor of The Jewish Chronicle Stephen Pollard ripped the prince's use of the term "Jewish lobby," saying its use is known to have anti-semitic undertones.
"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," Pollard said, according to The Mail.
"That they [the Prince’s comments] come from the heir to the throne is unsettling, to put it mildly," he continued, adding that is was "jaw-dropping."
Members of the British royal family typically avoid speaking about their political views publicly, however Charles has proven to be more outspoken.
A source told The Mail the prince is critical of U.S.-Israeli policy behind closed doors.
However, Charles has expressed concern about the recent revival of ant-semitism in Europe.
He became the first member of the royal family to attend a chief rabbi's inauguration ceremony in 2013, according to the publication.