Bennett slams Polish restitution law: ‘Disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust’

Raoul Wootliff is the Times of Israel's former political correspondent and producer of the Daily Briefing podcast.

Intensifying the diplomatic rift between Israel and Poland over a new Polish law that severely restricts World War II-era restitution claims, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says the passage of the legislation is “a shameful decision and disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust.”

Bennett, in his first comments on the disagreement, says in a statement that “Israel views the approval of the law that prevents Jews from receiving compensation for property stolen from them during the Holocaust gravely, and regrets the fact that Poland chooses to continue to harm those who have lost everything.”

“This is a shameful decision and disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust,” he says, calling it “a serious step that Israel will not be able to accept lightly.”

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