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Israel said weighing axing 2018 deal with Poland on Holocaust complicity law

Raoul Wootliff is the The Times of Israel's political correspondent.

In response to Poland’s passage of a law that severely restricts World War II-era restitution claims, the Foreign Ministry is weighing canceling an agreement between Israel and Poland that ended a bitter dispute over another law passed by Warsaw that criminalized blaming the Polish nation for Holocaust crimes, Ynet news reports.

The dispute over the Polish Holocaust law was resolved in 2018, when Poland softened the law and then-Prime Minister Benjamina Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart agreed on a joint declaration stressing the involvement of the Polish resistance in helping Jews.

It was seen as a diplomatic coup for Poland but Netanyahu faced criticism from historians in Israel, including at Yad Vashem, for agreeing to a statement that they said distorted history.

 

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