As part of the events planned by the Polish government to mark the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a summit meeting is expected to be held in Warsaw between the presidents of Poland, Andrzej Duda, Israel, Yitzhak Herzog, Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and apparently also the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Israel has learned Today".
This is the first official bilateral meeting between such senior representatives from Israel and Poland since the beginning of the "Holocaust Law Crisis", which erupted in January 2018 following the Polish legislation that banned statements accusing Poland as a nation of taking part in the atrocities of the Nazis.
It will also be the first official visit of a senior Israeli representative to Poland since the Middle East conference that the Polish government hosted in February 2019, at which the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister at the time, Benjamin Netanyahu, was present.
The same conference was also attended by official representatives from Arab and Muslim countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel and it was intended to strengthen a Middle Eastern and European alliance against the Iranian regime.
Following statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his replacement at the Foreign Ministry at the time, Israel Katz, relations between the two countries fell into a renewed crisis, which later worsened due to the Polish "property restitution law" and the "expulsion" of the Polish ambassador from Israel by former minister Yair Lapid .
Since taking office, President Herzog has worked to ease tensions between Israel and Poland, and at a certain point he even tried to recruit the President of Germany, Steinmeier, as a mediator.
Since the establishment of the new Netanyahu government, a Polish desire to ease tensions with Israel and re-normalize relations between the two countries has been evident.
Recently "Israel Hayom" reported on significant progress in the talks between Jerusalem and Warsaw regarding the renewal of the Ministry of Education's trips to the extermination camps in Poland.
In recent weeks, there have been several rounds of talks between the countries on the controversial issues, and a government delegation went to Poland to look for solutions.
Also, this week the foreign ministers of the two countries talked for the first time in about two years.
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