Israel to return envoy to Poland amid cooling tension

Relations soured in August when Poland adopted law restricting Holocaust survivors from reclaiming property

2021-11-25 02:57:34


Israel will return its envoy to Poland as tensions have cooled between the two nations, according to media reports Wednesday. 

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed that current Israeli Chargés d'affaires to Poland, Tal Ben-Ari, will soon return to her post after a four-month absence because of a fall-out between Jerusalem and Warsaw, said Israeli news outlet Times of Israel.

Polish lawmakers passed a law on Aug, 11 that placed a 10-to 30-year cutoff date on contesting past administrative decisions on restituting property lost during World War II.

In response to the legislation signed into law by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called it “anti-Semitic and immoral.”

Israel recalled its envoy to Poland and asked the Polish ambassador to Israel, who was on vacation at the time, not to return.

* Writing by Ahmet Gencturk