The chairman of Israel’s Yesh Atid party has criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for agreeing to discuss the controversial Polish Holocaust bill. “Instead of conducting a negotiation, the State of Israel needs to tell the Polish government one thing: if this law passes, they will have to sue us,” he said.
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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for agreeing to discuss with his Polish counterpart the controversial Polish bill that seeks to criminalize blaming Poles for Holocaust crimes. “Never conduct a negotiation on the memory of those who perished,” Lapid said during today’s Yesh Atid Knesset faction meeting. “This bill needs to be buried in Poland’s soil, which is drenched in the blood of Jews.”
Lapid continued by stressing how the people of Poland helped the Nazis murdered millions of Jews. “They snitched on Jews, gave up Jews, killed Jews,” he said. “Anti-Semitism has always been in Poland, and the past few days have proven that it hasn’t passed from this world.”
“Instead of conducting a negotiation, the State of Israel needs to tell the Polish government one thing: if this law passes, they will have to sue us,” he added. “We will come with Holocaust survivors, with pictures of those who perished, with the many testimonies. We will come and say to them that the Jews aren’t going to keep silent anymore. The Jews are no longer afraid of you.”
Last night, Netanyahu’s office stated that the prime minister talked with his Polish counterpart and that the two “agreed that teams from the two countries would open an immediate dialogue in order to try to reach understandings regarding the legislation.”