Poland will not have an ambassador to Israel, amid frosty relations

Poland will not have an ambassador to Israel, amid frosty relations

Warsaw, Poland (AFP) – The Polish Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the European Union member state will not have an ambassador to Israel for the time being, lowering the level of the mission to that of the Israeli mission in Poland.

Traditionally sensitive bilateral relations soured in the summer after Poland adopted legislation seen as prohibiting claims to recover some confiscated property, including that of Holocaust victims. Israel protested.

The ministry then decided that Poland’s ambassador, Marek Magierowski, would not return to his post in Tel Aviv after vacation. He has since been assigned to Washington.

Ministry spokesman Lucas Jasina told The Associated Press that “there are no plans at the moment to propose a new person for the ambassadorship” in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s mission in Poland is only at the Chargé d’Affairs level, after previous tensions, but diplomat Tel Ben-Ari Ya’alon, was recalled to Israel during the summer spat. She is expected to return to Warsaw.

Bilateral relations, dating back to 1948, were re-established in 1990 – in the wake of the communist era – and went through various phases, recently strained after Poland adopted an administrative law setting a deadline for claims to recover confiscated property.

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