Poland’s delegation to Israel on Thursday began a series of discussions with officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry amid the diplomatic trouble sparked by Warsaw’s Holocaust bill. “It is no secret that the Polish Holocaust bill greatly worries Israel and the Jewish world,” said Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Yuval Rotem in an opening speech.
Israeli MKs visit Auschwitz in 2014 Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO
Polish government representatives on Thursday met with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem to discuss the controversial legislation known as the Holocaust bill. The law, which came into effect on Thursday, sparked a diplomatic crisis between the two countries
In an opening speech, Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Yuval Rotem welcomed the Polish delegation to Israel but stressed Israel’s concern about the issue. “It is no secret that the Polish Holocaust bill greatly worries Israel and the Jewish world,” the official said.
Rotem added that both sides must ensure that free speech would not be limited and addressed recent anti-Semitic incidents that were carried out in Poland. “We appreciate the fact that Poland’s government speaks out against such incidents,” said Rotem. “I expect an honest dialogue between Israel and Poland as is expected between allies and friends.”
The officials on the Polish side said Warsaw is committed to speak out against expressions of anti-Semitism and also to ensure historical truth about the Holocaust. “We are here to answer all questions and provide requested clarifications,” said Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister.