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Israeli summit collapses after Holocaust row

AN Israeli summit of European leaders was cancelled yesterday after Poland pulled out in a row over the Holocaust.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sparked outrage by stating that Poles were complicit in the Holocaust .

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki responded by branding these  comments as “racist and unacceptable.”

Six million Jews were exterminated by nazi Germany during the Holocaust, mostly in Poland.

Mr Morawiecki  initially announced he would withdraw from the meeting, with Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz taking his place.

However yesterday Poland withdrew from the summit altogether.

The meeting aimed to bring together the Visegrad group (V4) which is comprised of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

A Polish government statement said: “The decision of Poland’s PM not to attend the V4 summit in Israel is an unequivocal signal to other governments and international opinion that historical truth is fundamental and that Poland does and always will deliver determined defence of its reputation.”

Mr Netantyahu appeared to backtrack on his initial remarks and said he was referring to “Poles” but not the Polish nation.

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