Netanyahu Tells Polish PM in Phone Call: Comparing Polish and Jewish Perpetrators of Holocaust Is Baseless

Morawiecki said yesterday that the Holocaust had Polish perpetrators, just as it had Jewish ones. 'I told him that such a comparison is false,' Netanyahu said

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki address a news conference in Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2018.
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MUNICH - On Saturday, Morawiecki said that the Holocaust had Polish perpetrators, just as it had Jewish ones.

"I spoke a few minutes ago with the Prime Minister of Poland," Netanyahu said. "I told him that such a comparison is false." According to Netanyahu, "the Holocaust was designed to destroy the entire Jewish people and not any other peoples."

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He said he gave the example of his wife's family: "Her grandfather and two relatives were hidden by the Poles. By Righteous Among the Nations. We appreciate it and give it all due respect, but here is the example: The Germans had left the town, and the Poles ran after the German forces and said 'here are three more Jews,' and they killed my wife's grandfather."

Poland, Netanyahu added, "is trying to say that there were cases in which Jews collaborated with the Nazis, but one cannot compare numerically, and the circumstances are entirely different as well."

Netanyahu said Israel doesn’t disagree with Poland that the Holocaust was initiated by the Nazis and that the death camps were built by the Nazis. "They must be sensing that they are being blamed for the Holocaust," he said. "They don't deny that there were Poles who helped the Nazis and turned in Jews etc., but say you can't extend that to the entire Polish people. I told him, you can't fix one distortion with another."

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Asked about the possibility of recalling the Israeli ambassador, Netanyahu said all options are on the table but precedence is being given to diplomatic solutions. "I wouldn't determine right now what will or will not be, we are still trying to fix things," he said.

Netanyahu was also asked about the possibility of ending the Israeli boycott on Austria's far-right Freedom Party. "There is no such plan at the moment," he said. "They really want it but we haven't agreed on anything."