Sunday, February 24, 2019

Netanyahu Causes Polish PM to Cancel Israel Trip; Israel PM Said Poland Responsible for Nazi Deaths

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has canceled a trip to Israel for a high-level summit slated to take place this week, as a diplomatic spat continues over comments made by  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Polish collaboration with the Nazis, the Times of Israel website reports today (February 24, 2019).

The Polish embassy in Tel Aviv confirmed that Morawiecki would not attend the summit of the so-called Visegrad Group of central European countries.

Poland had informed Netanyahu that the clarifications it had received regarding comments made by Netanyahu regarding the role of Poles in the Holocaust were not sufficient.

The crisis emerged after Netanyahu was asked by the Times of Israel in Warsaw about a controversial agreement between Israel and Poland to end a dispute over a law passed by Warsaw that criminalizes blaming the Polish nation for Holocaust crimes. Netanyahu said the Poles cooperated with the Nazis.

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