Israel questions relations with Poland after Holocaust bill advancement

Israeli officials are deciding how to respond to Poland’s Holocaust bill that was passed by the Polish Senate Wednesday evening. The officials noted that the relations between the two countries may be altered due to the bill’s advancement.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland Photo Credit: Isaac Harari/FLASH90

On Thursday morning, Israeli officials stated that the ties between Jerusalem and Warsaw may be altered due to the controversial Polish Holocaust bill, which was approved by the Polish Senate yesterday evening. The bill bans placing responsibility on Poland for Nazi war crimes during World War II. The Israeli officials said that they are examining the appropriate way in which to respond to the bill that many fear will lead to a rise of anti-Semitism in Poland and abroad.

Israeli MKs have spoken out against the bill and its passing in the Polish Senate. MK Yair Lapid tweeted, “No Polish law can make history change. We'll never forget.” MK Tzipi Livni also criticized the decision of the Polish Senate, saying that it is a betrayal of the truth and a disgrace to the Jewish state and the Israeli prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke on the phone earlier this week regarding the bill and Morawiecki had assured Netanyahu that the two states would immediately engage in diplomatic discussions.

The United States has also encouraged the Poles to reconsider the bill. The US stated it is concerned for the future relations between the two states if the bill is to be passed. The bill awaits the final step of being passed by the Polish president, who has already expressed support for the bill.



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