Bennett Says 'Honored' Poland Canceled His Visit Over Holocaust Remarks


Poland's President Andrzej Duda will make statement 1000 GMT on Tuesday, his press office said, without providing details.

Israel said Tuesday it still hoped that "we will manage to agree on changes and corrections", adding that it "continues to communicate with the Polish authorities".

Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on February 6, 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the United States, and Ukraine. Polish institutions did not collaborate with Germans.

The bill, he told Poland's state radio Jedynka, covers accusing Poles as a nation but not "someone who says that somewhere, in some village, some place, a Jewish family or one Jewish person was murdered".

"Moreover, it is painful to see Poland, which has made such remarkable strides as a country since the dramatic events of 1989, suddenly in a deep crisis with Israel, a strategic partner; with the Jewish world, which had begun to show so much interest in the country; and, yes, with the United States, an essential ally", Markiewicz continued.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda says that artistic and historical research work will be exempted from a disputed bill that penalizes blaming Poland for complicity in Nazi Germany's crimes. The president's passing of the law is the final step the bill needs to be implemented into law.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared last week Israel had "no tolerance for the distortion of the truth and rewriting history or denying the Holocaust". The very swift and vocal opposition from Israel caught many Poles off guard and put them on the defensive.

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Duda said the law will now go before Poland's Constitutional Tribunal for a ruling on whether it conforms with free speech guarantees.

"As the Minister of Education for the state of the Jewish People I will stand tall, for I can not forgive or relinquish the honor of those murdered", he said in a statement to Breitbart Jerusalem and other news agencies.

The attitudes towards Israel are constantly improving in Poland and many young people have ahistorical but positive associations with Israel. "Enactment of this law adversely affects freedom of speech and academic inquiry", Tillerson said.

Unfortunately, at a moment when most would wish cooler heads would prevail, a trip by the Israeli Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, has been cancelled after he strongly condemned the proposed law.

During the war, Poland was attacked and occupied by Nazi Germany and six million of its citizens were killed, half of them Jews.

Kopcinska said that Poland would like to talk about "the huge involvement of the Polish nation in saving Jews during the war because, under the conditions of German occupation, people of Jewish origin could hardly be saved without the help of Poles".