Poland should not have an ambassador to Israel, in the midst of lukewarm ties

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The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the EU nation will not have an ambassador to Israel at the moment

WARSAW, Poland – The Polish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the EU nation will not have an ambassador to Israel at the moment, which lowers the level of missions to Israel’s mission in Poland.

Traditionally sensitive bilateral relations deteriorated during the summer after Poland enacted legislation that is considered to prohibit the return of some seized property, including the victims of the Holocaust. Israel protested.

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

Ministry spokesman Lukasz Jasina told the Associated Press that “there are no plans at the moment to propose a new person for the post of ambassador” in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s mission to Poland is only at the charge d’affaires level, following previous tensions, but the diplomat, Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon, was recalled to Israel during the summer. She is expected to return to Warsaw.

Bilateral relations, dating back to 1948, were re-established in 1990 – after the communist era – and have undergone various phases, which have recently deteriorated following the adoption by Poland of an administrative law setting a deadline for the return of seized property.

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