Israel's foreign affairs minister, Yair Lapid, has renewed his government’s attack on a new property restitution law in Poland, saying that Jews today will not turn a blind eye to the “shameful conduct” of the Polish government.
Poland's Prime Minister has said that the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs' decision to lower the rank of its diplomatic representation in Warsaw is "unfounded and irresponsible."
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett reacted to the signing into law of a amendments affecting restitution claims on Saturday, describing the move as "a shameful decision and disgraceful contempt for the memory of the Holocaust."
Poland's Foreign Ministry has said it "negatively assessed" the actions of the Israeli Foreign Ministry which said a new Israeli ambassador would not be sent to Warsaw and suggested Poland's Ambassador to Israel does not return to his posting.
Israel and the US have criticised a bill adopted by Poland's lower house on Wednesday, since, in their opinion, it would prevent former Polish property owners, including Holocaust survivors and their descendants, from regaining their property.
Germany owes Poland compensation for World War Two, because the Germans destroyed Poland during the war, Shevah Weiss, a former Israeli ambassador in Poland and former head of the Israeli Knesset, told the "Rzeczpospolita" daily in a Tuesday interview.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski has strongly criticised statements made by the Israeli foreign minister about a proposed amendment to a Polish law that will limit the ability of claimants to seek restitution for property they lost during and after the war.
The background to the new Code of Administrative Procedure approved by the Sejm is not anti-Semitic, Ofer Aderet wrote in his article published on Wednesday by the Israeli daily Haaretz.
A Polish deputy foreign minister has said he is ready for talks with Israel over contested restitution legislation if he hears "rational arguments."
Poland’s foreign ministry has said Israel’s position on a proposed amendment to a Polish law, that will limit the ability of claimants to seek restitution for property they lost during the war, remains “unchanged” despite meetings with Israeli officials.