Israel and Poland to open ‘immediate dialogue’ over Polish death camps legislation

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel and Poland will open an “immediate dialogue” over legislation that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, spoke on Sunday evening by phone and “agreed that teams from the two countries would open an immediate dialogue in order to try to reach understandings regarding the legislation,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu, Putin to discuss Iran after Moscow Holocaust commemoration event

MOSCOW (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made firm statements about Iran before leaving for Russia to discuss the Islamic Republic with one of its key allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In Russia, Netanyahu said in a statement published Monday morning that he will discuss with Putin “Iran’s effort to turn Lebanon into one giant missile site, a site for precision missiles against the State of Israel, which we will not tolerate.” [Read more…]

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Netanyahu tells the Palestinians ‘stop kvetching,’ start negotiating

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. (GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that U.S. President Donald Trump has a “very able team” led by Jared Kushner working on brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Netanyahu also called them “very creative” during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The interview, held Thursday, was broadcast Sunday on CNN. [Read more…]

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Poland’s parliament pushes forward bill that would criminalize the term ‘Polish death camps’

The main gate of the former Auschwitz extermination camp in Oswiecim, Poland. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The main gate of the former Auschwitz extermination camp in Oswiecim, Poland. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protested a bill passed by the lower house of the Polish parliament which would make it illegal to use terms such as “Polish death camps” to refer to the camps set up by the Nazis.

“The law is baseless; I strongly oppose it,” Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday. “One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied. I have instructed the Israeli ambassador to Poland to meet with the Polish prime minister this evening and express to him my strong position against the law.” [Read more…]

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Obama used to joke with staff that he’s ‘basically a liberal Jew’

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)
Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

Former U.S. president Barack Obama at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Jan. 24, 2018. (Gili Getz/Facebook)

(JTA) – Barack Obama said his administration refrained from vetoing a 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements because the pace of their construction “skyrocketed.”

The former U.S. president, speaking Wednesday at New York’s Temple Emanu-El, also said that he and his staff would often joke that he was “basically a liberal Jew,” according to the British Daily Mail. [Read more…]

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