U.S Calls on Israeli FM to Apologize to Poland Over ‘Offensive’ Anti-Semitism Comment

In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017 photo, Israel's transportation and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Katz said that he is pushing forward with a proposal to build an artificial island with a seaport off the coast …
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Ynetnews reports: Acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz should apologize to Poland for his remarks, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said on Wednesday, commenting on the diplomatic row between two countries.

“I just felt that two strong allies like Israel and Poland, of course they are strong allies of the United States, shouldn’t be using that kind of rhetoric. We are too important to each other not to work these things out,” Mosbacher told reporters.

The comments come in the wake of Poland’s decision to withdraw from a formal gathering of the central European Visegrad Group of countries that was set to take place on Tuesday in Israel after Katz said that “many Poles” had collaborated with the Nazis in World War Two and shared responsibility for the Holocaust. He also referenced a quote from the late former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, who said that Poles “suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk.”

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