Author: Prince Charles

Year: 1986

Source: Quoted in Daily Mail:

Prince Charles letter to Laurens van der Post (1986)

Dear Laurens,
Am on way to Cyprus & Italy having passed through Suez Canal. Lovely having 3 days at sea.
This tour has been fascinating and have learnt a lot about Middle East and Arab outlook.
Tried to read a bit of Koran on way out and it gave me some insight into way they think and operate.
Don't think they could understand us through reading Bible though. Much admire some aspects of Islam - especially accent on hospitality and accessibility of rulers.
Also begin to understand their 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 + 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 naïve, I suppose!