Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday spoke on the phone with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki, a day after he compared Poles who collaborated with the Nazis to Jews who assisted them, sparking outrage in Israel and the Jewish world.
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Amid outrage in Israel over Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s recent comment about supposed “Jewish perpetrators” during the Holocaust, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced these claims as “baseless” in a phone conversation with Morawiecki.
On Saturday, during a press question session at the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki was asked by an Israeli reporter whether the newly-approved law in Poland, which criminalizes some statement regarding Poland’s part in the Holocaust, would make him a criminal for telling his family’s story.
In response, Morawiecki said it would not be considered criminal “to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian.”
Netanyahu told Morawiecki that the comparison he had made was “false and completely baseless,” arguing that Jews who collaborated with the Nazis did it out of fear for their lives, while other peoples did not face the threat of extermination.
Nevertheless, Netanyahu asserted that the dispute can still be resolved in diplomatic means, stressing that he is currently not considering recalling the Israeli ambassador to Poland.