Polish ambassador in Israel to remain in Poland until further notice

The Polish ambassador to Israel will remain in Poland until further notice in response to "unjustified steps" by the Israeli side, the Polish foreign ministry announced on Monday.

On Saturday Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid recalled Israel's charge d'affaires in Warsaw in response to Poland's passage of new property restitution laws, which the Israeli side believes to be directed against Jewish restitution claimants.

The Israel Foreign Ministry also said that it would not be sending a new ambassador to Warsaw at this time and recommended that the Polish ambassador, who is on vacation at home, not return to Israel.

In response, the foreign ministry wrote that the Polish ambassador to Israel will remain in Poland for the time being.

"In response to the recent unjustified steps taken by the State of Israel, including the unwarranted decision to lower the level of diplomatic relations with Poland... the foreign ministry states that the Polish ambassador to Israel will remain in Poland until further notice," the ministry wrote.

It added that the decision was also connected with Lapid's and other Israeli government officials' "unacceptable" remarks about the restitution legislation. Lapid has called the new laws "anti-Semitic and immoral."

The new restitution laws were signed into law by the Polish president on Saturday. The key change they introduce is that they make administrative decisions - which also apply to properties - incontestable 30 years from their passage