In an interview on Thursday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressed Israeli backlash to Poland’s controversial Holocaust legislation and said he understands Israel’s emotions on the subject. He also clarified that his country will never limit the freedom to debate the Holocaust.

Israeli MKs visit Auschwitz in 2014

Israeli MKs visit Auschwitz in 2014 Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki clarified on Thursday that his country will never limit the freedom to debate the Holocaust. His statement comes amid escalating tensions with Israel following Poland’s passing of the Holocaust Bill.

In an interview on the Polish state television channel TVP, the Polish prime minister insisted that Warsaw understands Israel’s emotions concerning the matter. “We need a lot of work to turn our shared and sometimes complicated history into one that is possible to tell together,” said Morawiecki.

In another interview that was broadcast by the Israel News Company, Morawiecki told journalist Tuvia Tenenbom that the recent legislation concerns only the Polish nation. He clarified that the bill “is not about denying” actions taken by Polish people during the Second World War.

As previously reported by JOL, Israeli lawmakers have spoken out against the bill and its passing in the Polish Senate. On Thursday, Israeli officials explained 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.

Officials in the US have also voiced their concerns about the controversial policy. In a statement on Wednesday, the US State Department said that the bill could possibly infringe on free speech and academic discourse legislation and could seriously affect Poland’s strategic interests and relationships.