Israeli PM calls Polish PM's statement on Jewish perpetrators in Holocaust, 'Outrageous'
Feb 18, Munich: The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sharply rebuked the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki for saying that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
He said the remarks by Morawiecki at the Munich Security Conference were "outrageous". Netanyahu also added that they showed "an inability to understand history".
Morawiecki was responding to a question posed to him at the Munich Security Conference by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, on the heels of the contentious law that criminalizes talk of Polish complicity in Nazi crimes.
Bergman related how his mother saved herself and much of her family during the Holocaust after she overheard her Polish neighbors saying that they planned to reveal the location of their Jewish neighbors to the SS.
“If I understand correctly, after this law is legislated, I will be considered a criminal in your country for saying this,” Bergman said. He told the prime minister that he was “drawing more fire” to the subject of Polish complicity, drawing applause from the audience.
The dispute comes weeks after Israel condemned a new Polish law making it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi crimes.
The legislation was signed into law by President Andrzej Duda but also referred to the country's highest court to consider its constitutionality.
Similarly, The Israeli PM has also launched stinging attack on Iran, telling the security conference it is the"greatest threat to the world." Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would "not allow Iran's regime to put a noose of terror around our neck".
Netanyahu drew a parallel between the 1938 Munich Agreement, seen as a failed attempt to appease Nazi Germany, and the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
He said the deal had only "unleashed a dangerous Iranian tiger".
The Oslo Times International News Network