Talks between Polish and Israeli Prime Ministers aim to de-escalate tension - aide

The phone conversation between the Polish and Israeli prime ministers concerned the historical policy and political dialogue; it served to de-escalate tension between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, Polish PM's aide Michal Dworczyk said on Monday.

The conversation should be evaluated positively, the head of the PM's Office told a private TV broadcaster.

On Sunday, PM Mateusz Morawiecki and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held a phone conversation.

"It lasted around thirty minutes, and it concerned the historical policy, the political and historical dialogue between Poland and Israel, and, of course, it served to de-escalate the tension between Warsaw and Tel Aviv," Dworczyk stressed.

"Every conversation brings closer to each other the sides which have different opinions, so it should surely be evaluated positively," the official went on to say.

Responding to a question about the new Polish anti-defamation law asked by Ronen Bergman of New York Times, who tried to find out if he would now be considered a criminal in Poland for relating the story that his mother's family members were reported to the Nazis by Polish neighbours, PM Morawiecki said on Saturday: "of course it's not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as criminal, to say that there were Polish perpetrators."

"(...) as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian, not only German perpetrators," Morawiecki added.

This statement by PM Morawiecki met with an angry reaction from Israel.