A Polish delegation is expected to arrive in Israel in the coming days.

Poland 'caving to Israeli pressure,' freezes Holocaust law
Newly appointed Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reacts after receiving his nomination from President Andrzej Duda during a government swearing-in ceremony in Warsaw, Poland, December 11, 2017. (photo credit: AGENCJA GAZETA/SLAWOMIR KAMINSKI VIA REUTERS)


A Polish team is expected to arrive in Jerusalem in the coming days to try and reach an understanding with Israel on the controversial Polish Holocaust law, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Saturday, in a positive sign that a way is being found out of the diplomatic crisis between the countries.

The spokesman said that as a result of Israeli pressure, Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said that the law will not be implemented before Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal reviews the issue.

Ziobro’s comments came during an interview in the Polish media during which Ziobro, who is also Poland’s chief prosecutor, said that the Constitutional Tribunal’s say on the matter is necessary for prosecutors to know how to apply the law.

The deep rift in Polish-Israeli ties was caused by the law, signed earlier this month by the Polish president, making it illegal to say that the Polish state or nation was complicit in the Holocaust. For instance, saying “Polish death camps” to refer to the extermination camps in Poland, rather than saying “Nazi death camps,” could lead to a fine and up to three years in prison.

Before becoming law, however, the legislation must be reviewed by the Constitutional Tribunal. The justice minister’s comments echoed a statement Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz made last week, who said that questions about how to interpret the law will be taken into consideration by the tribunal.

Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari met recently with Ziobro to discuss the law.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post