Poland summons Israeli ambassador to clarify Netanyahu comments on Poles in Holocaust

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The Polish government summoned the Israeli ambassador on Friday and later said it was not satisfied with the explanation of the Israeli leader being quoted incorrectly.

In an interview with 24-News Sunday, upon the declaration of his entering his new post-until the April 9 elections-Katz quoted late prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, who said the poles drank in their anti-Semitism with their mother's milk.

Monday's development marks a deterioration of a spat that began last Thursday when Netanyahu said: 'Poles cooperated with the Nazis'.

Poland's nationalist government has sought to focus on cases of heroism by Poles during Germany's World War II occupation of the country. "Anti-Semitism was inherent in the Poles before, during and after the Holocaust".

"Considering the disgraceful statements from the Israeli foreign minister, any participation of the representatives of the Polish state in the V4 summit in Israel are under a very big question mark", he said.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had already announced Sunday that he was pulling out of the meeting after a comment by Netanyahu last week about Polish cooperation with Nazis.

The Times of Israel reported that, when asked for a response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said he was unaware of such a meeting, and the Prime Minister's Office said it does "not comment on contacts with countries with which Israel does not have formal relations".

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Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki issued Israel an ultimatum Monday, telling Tel-Aviv that if they didn't apologize for the comments, Poland would pull out of the V4 talks scheduled to take place in Jerusalem the following day. Many Poles collaborated with the Nazis and took part in the destruction of the Jews during the Holocaust ...

The European Union country has long argued it shouldn't bear responsibility for acts committed against Jews and others at death camps run by the Nazis on Polish soil.

About six million Polish citizens died in World War Two, of whom about three million were Jews. "Any consolation he would get from a boost in the polls is completely outweighed by the damage he has done".

He later issued a clarification saying he was not referring to the Polish nation or all Polish people.

Because of that history, Poles find references to Polish "collaboration" to be unfair and hurtful.

The two continued that the words Katz repeated "are even more unjust today, 30 years later, when so much has been done on both sides for a mutual understanding of our very hard, but shared history". He also noted the Polish contributions in recent years to the renewal of Jewish life.

"As friends, we need to be able to manage our inevitable differences".

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