Mr Rivlin made the comment as Prince Charles started his two-day visit to the Middle East ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day next week. The tour is seen as historic as Charles is making his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and has also become the most senior member of the Royal Family to do so. This means the 93-year-old Queen has never made an official trip to Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories during her 67 years as monarch.
Charles met President Rivlin at his official Beit HaNassi residence in the capital of Jerusalem before attending the World Holocaust Forum, which saw world leaders, holocaust survivors and other dignitaries come together for the 75th anniversary.
The Israeli leader welcomed Charles and told him the country “deeply appreciates” his attendance at the forum.
But then he said: “We are still expecting your mother to come.”
The World Holocaust Forum – a memorial event in Jerusalem to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – was held at the Yad Vashem memorial centre.
President Rivlin said the landmark event was aimed at fighting racism and fascism.
Prior to the talks, he told Charles: “It starts with the Jewish people but we never know where it ends. Everyone needs to be very careful.
“With this gathering we show that when we are united we can fight this phenomenon.”
Following talks lasting 30 minutes, the Prince of Wales was provided with the honour of planting an English oak tree in the garden of the President’s Beit HaNassi residence.
This came 25 years after his father, Prince Phillip, also planted an oak tree in Israel in memory of his grandmother Princess Alice, who is seen as Righteous Among the Nations at Yad Vashem for saving Jews during the Holocaust.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “This is a symbol of hope and represents the laudable aspiration you both have for sustainable development across the world.”
At the World Holocaust Forum, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier conceded the country has still not learnt “once and for all” its lesson from the Holocaust, and is dealing with the “same evil” that led to the murder of six million Jews during World War Two.
A sombre Mr Steinmeier said: “I bow in deepest sorrow.
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“The mass murder of six million Jews, the worst crime in the history of humanity, it was committed by my countrymen.”
Mr Steinmeier expressed regret Germany was still dealing with the bigotry and hatred that led to the Holocaust.
He admitted: “I wish I could say that we Germans have learnt from history once and for all. But I cannot say that when hatred is spreading.”
Fellow world leaders at the memorial event included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pence, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
Mr Netanyahu denounced Tehran as “the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet” and vowed Israel would always defend itself against those that would set out to destroy it.
Mr Pence described Iran as the one country “that denies the Holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe Israel off the map”.
President Macron warned of the “dark shadow of anti-Semitism”, and met French survivors of the Holocaust at a memorial near Jerusalem to some 76,000 Jews arrested in wartime France and transported to death camps such as Auschwitz.
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