Benjamin Netanyahu: Polish PM's Holocaust comments 'outrageous'

Angela Merkel right and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in the chancellery in Berlin Germany Friday Feb. 16 2018. (AP

Poland Stokes Holocaust Law Storm as Israeli Leader Lashes Out

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, condemned the comment as "outrageous" and criticised Mr Morawiecki's "inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people".

It went on to state that the prime minister's comments "should be interpreted as a honest call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust".

Mr Morawiecki made the controversial comment on Saturday as he was responding to a question from an Israeli journalist at the Munich Security Conference.

The Israeli government has repeatedly and vehemently protested the law, but speaking in Munich on Saturday, Morawiecki again defended it-setting off another round of anger from Israeli officials.

"Dialogue about this most hard history is necessary, as a warning". Israeli leaders - along with US officials, Jewish groups and historians around the world - condemned the vote, but it will nevertheless become law later this year. Sunday's telephone conversation was the second one that Morawiecki and Netanyahu had in three weeks in connection to the new law.

Morawiecki spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said that his words "should be interpreted as a honest call for open discussion of crimes committed against Jews during the Holocaust, regardless of the nationality of those involved in each crime".

Both sides agreed that dialog should continue.

The Polish Foreign Ministry on Sunday asked the Israeli authorities to clarify an incident at the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv and to take action to ensure the protection of the Polish diplomatic staff, Jonny Daniels, an Israeli PR man with close ties to the Polish prime minister tweeted on Sunday. They have launched an investigation. Lauder also demanded an "immediate retraction and apology" from Poland. Lauder said that putting Jews in the same category as the other nationalities was "nothing short of an attempt to falsify history that rings of the very worst forms of anti-Semitism and Holocaust obfuscation".

Morawiecki also told his Israeli counterpart that Poland could not agree to Nazi Germany being equated with the "Nations of the Victims".

"There is no need to apologize for telling the truth", Mazurek said.

"In such a delicate matter, he should have been precise and specified the crimes and the criminals", the article stated, slamming the premier for making no distinction between "the behavior of a handful of Jews and the crimes of the Germans and a sizable group of Poles, Ukrainians and Russians".

The prime minister's "remarks were not aimed at denying the Holocaust or hiding its real perpetrators", Czaputowicz told private broadcaster Polsat News on Monday. In those awful times of war and the Holocaust - there were also. people who collaborated with the occupiers. people who cooperated with the Nazi evil ... Israel is "clearly fighting to keep the monopoly on the Holocaust", he told Polska Times newspaper.

Critics of Poland's new law say it goes too far.

An estimated 6 million Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, were killed by the Nazis, including at the Auschwitz, Sobibor and other death camps, which operated on the territory of occupied Poland in 1939-45.

Latest News