It was enough to revive the tensions between Poland and Israel. A resident of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, was arrested for spitting on the Polish ambassador to Israel, Israeli police said Wednesday amid tense relations between the two countries.
The diplomat, Marek Magierowski, was in his car when a man approached and spat on him on Tuesday, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. The events took place in broad daylight near the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to the Israeli press.
Israel's ambassador to Poland convened
The suspect, a 65-year-old man, was arrested near the embassy, the spokesman said. He was to be presented to a judge Wednesday afternoon. Israel's ambassador to Poland, Anna Azari, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw on the incident, said Ewa Suwara, a spokeswoman for the ministry.
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Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned on Twitter a "racist" aggression. "Violence against diplomats or against any citizen should never be tolerated," he said. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon expressed "the utmost sympathy for the ambassador and the shock felt in the face of this aggression". The ambassador was also verbally abused in Hebrew, but only understood the word "Polish," the Israeli daily reported. Yediot Aharonot.
Period of tension
This incident took place in a period of persistent tension in relations between Israel and Poland. Poland announced Monday that it has canceled a visit by Israeli officials because of their intention to raise the issue of the return of Jewish property that had fallen into disuse after the Holocaust, a case considered closed by Warsaw.
In February, Israel's head of diplomacy, Israel Katz, was angry at Warsaw for "the anti-Semitism that Poles are sucking with their mother's milk". Poland then boycotted a planned summit in Jerusalem of four Eastern European countries. Last year, relations had gone through a serious crisis after the adoption of a Polish law, finally amended, perceived in Israel and the United States as aimed at preventing Holocaust survivors from evoking the crimes of the Poles. against them.