Israel and Poland To Resume Diplomatic Ties

Israel and Poland have agreed to improve bilateral relations that had severely deteriorated after Warsaw last year introduced a law restricting the ability of Jews to recover World War II properties.

Israel President Isaac Herzog in a phone call with his Poland counterpart Andrzej Duda on Monday, discussed restoration of bilateral relations and agreed that relations would be restored to their proper course.

Duda said that Israel’s ambassador-designate to Poland would present his credentials in a few days and Poland would also appoint a new ambassador to Israel.  

“Both presidents expressed their hope that any future issues between Poland and Israel will be resolved through sincere and open dialogue and in a spirit of mutual respect,” Herzog’s office said in a statement.

The tensions between the two countries rose after Poland passed a bill in 2018 that prohibited discussing Poland’s actions against Jews during World War II.

Furthermore, in 2021 Poland also passed a Holocaust restitution law that restricted the ability of Jews to recover property seized by Nazi German forces.

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