Poland will have no ambassador in Israel amid weak ties

Poland’s foreign ministry says the EU nation will have no ambassador in Israel, for the time being

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that the EU nation will have no ambassador in Israel, bringing the mission level down to the level of Israel’s mission in Poland.

Poland adopted the law, seen as banning claims for the restoration of some confiscated property, including those of Holocaust victims, after traditionally sensitive bilateral ties soured over the summer. Israel protested.

The ministry then decided that Poland’s ambassador, Marek Magierowski, was not to return to his Tel Aviv post after the holiday. He has since been posted to Washington.

Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina told The Associated Press that Tel Aviv has “no plans at the moment to propose a new person for the position of ambassador”.

Israel’s mission to Poland is only at the charge d’affaires level following earlier tensions, but the diplomat, Tal Ben-Ari Yalon, was recalled to Israel during the summer. He is expected to return to Warsaw.

Bilateral relations, going back to 1948, were re-established in the 1990s – after the communist era – and have gone through various phases, most recently by an administrative law by Poland with claims of restoration of immovable property confiscated. Turned sour after setting the deadline.


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