IThe government of Israel is keen on Saturday from the Polish president Andre Duda The administrative signature and the law of response interacts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem withdrew the Chargé d’Affairs in Warsaw indefinitely. In addition, the new Israeli ambassador-designate to Poland, Yakov Levin, will not take up his post for the time being. Israel also advised the Polish ambassador in Tel Aviv, Marek Magierowski, to extend the current home leave. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also expressed his “deep concern” about the Polish legislation in a statement issued by the State Department.
The gist of the law passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and signed by President Duda on Saturday is that, in the future, administrative decisions can no longer be appealed after the 30-year period has elapsed. The law also affects descendants of Jewish Holocaust victims, whose property was confiscated during communist rule after 1945. Duda said the law would remove legal uncertainty for Polish homeowners and landowners if a previous owner was found more than seventy years later. This ended an “era of legal anarchy” and a “vengeful mafia”, Duda of the Polish news agency said.
Bennett talks about a ‘shameful decision’
Israeli Foreign Minister Jair Lapid On the other hand, he said: “Tonight Poland has become an anti-democratic and illiberal country that does not respect the greatest tragedy in human history.” “We will refuse to tolerate any contempt for the memory of the Holocaust and its victims,” Lapid said. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke of a “shameful decision.” Polish law forbids Jews to compensate for property stolen during the Holocaust.
As announced by Lapid 2018 between the Government of Poland and the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu To reconsider the statement he made three years ago: “We reject any act that accuses Poland or the Polish nation as a whole of atrocities.” So far, Lapid has mainly distanced himself from the policy of the previous Israeli alliance with the Višegrad Group, which the previous government in Jerusalem sponsored.
Poland’s prime minister resists
For its part, the government in Warsaw was highly critical of Israel’s reaction. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland evaluates the behavior of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the baseless decision to downgrade the diplomatic mission in Warsaw negatively,” the Polish Foreign Ministry wrote on its website. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also spoke: “For many years, Israeli politicians have falsely accused Poland of participating in the Holocaust. If the Israeli government continues to attack Poland in this way, it will have a very bad impact on our relations, both bilaterally and internationally.”
Domestic political fronts in the revised administrative law differ from those in the Broadcasting Law, which was also passed on Wednesday and was criticized internationally, and which the ruling Law and Justice party was only able to impose thanks to votes from the ranks of the opposition protest party Kukiz 15. In turn, the House of Representatives agreed On Administration and Compensation Act by a large majority. Only Civic Platform MPs abstained from voting.
The amendment is based on a decision of the Polish Constitutional Court in 2015. The court ruled that it is incompatible with the rule of law of a democratic country if an administrative decision reached in violation of the law can be appealed without any time limit.
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