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Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped

Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrappedJERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted his Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian counterparts Tuesday in a series of sit-downs that replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that was cancelled over a rift with Poland.



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Polish PM cancels trip to Israel in wake of comments on Poles in Holocaust

Polish PM cancels trip to Israel in wake of comments on Poles in HolocaustPoland’s prime minister has canceled a trip to Israel in the wake of reported remarks made by his Israeli counterpart suggesting Polish complicity during the Holocaust, an aide in his office told Polish media on Sunday. A government spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki would not attend the summit and would send Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz instead. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of his decision to cancel his visit in a telephone call on Sunday afternoon, spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said.



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The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calm

The Latest: US Jewish group asks Poland, Israel to stay calmWARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between Poland and Israel (all times local):



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Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust rowPoland’s prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw’s participation in a summit in Jerusalem, accusing Israel’s foreign minister of “racist” comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, in a row that has stoked outrage and soured relations. Mateusz Morawiecki’s decision to scotch Poland’s involvement in the summit of central European nations follows days of angry exchanges that were originally sparked by quotes from Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu over the role of Poles during World War II. Slovak government spokeswoman Patricia Macikova told AFP this week’s summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four (V4) — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — would be postponed until later in the year following Poland’s pull out.



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Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 role

Poland pulls out of Israel summit in row over WW2 rolePrime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki branded the remarks “racist and unacceptable”. The leaders of the other three ‘Visegrad Group’ nations – Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – all still planned to attend the talks, Israel said, but Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said they would instead consist of bilateral discussions and that the summit would be rescheduled for later in 2019. The diplomatic spat between Poland and Israel has been escalating since Friday, when Israeli media reported remarks by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday suggesting Polish complicity in the Holocaust.



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Israel trims funds to Palestinians over militant stipends

Israel trims funds to Palestinians over militant stipendsUnder interim peace deals, Israel collects taxes on behalf the Palestinians, who put the current sums at $ 222 million a month. With negotiations stalled since 2014, Israel has at times withheld money as a measure of protest or pressure. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, though facing steep aid cuts by Donald Trump’s administration that he has boycotted over perceived bias, has held to paying stipends to the families of Palestinians jailed as security offenders or killed by Israel.



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Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensionsWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized.



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Polish PM nixes trip to Israel after Netanyahu Holocaust 'comment': govt

Polish PM nixes trip to Israel after Netanyahu Holocaust 'comment': govtPolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled a visit to Israel for a high-level summit, a government spokesperson told AFP on Sunday, after uproar in Poland over reported comments by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu about the Poles and the Holocaust. Netanyahu — who was initially quoted in Haaretz newspaper as saying that “The Poles collaborated with the Nazis” — has been condemned in Poland for appearing to accuse all Polish people of cooperating with Germany during World War II. Warsaw has long been at pains to point out that Poland, which was occupied by Nazi Germany, could not have and did not collaborate in the Holocaust although individual Poles may have done so.



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Israel to withhold $138 mln from Palestinians over prisoner payments

Israel to withhold $  138 mln from Palestinians over prisoner paymentsIsrael said its security cabinet on Sunday decided to withhold $ 138 million (122 million euros) in tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to prisoners jailed for attacks on Israelis. A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the withheld cash would be equal to that paid by the PA last year to “terrorists imprisoned in Israel, to their families and to released prisoners”. Israel alleges the payments encourage further violence.



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U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab states

U.S. meeting on Middle East brings together Israel, Gulf Arab statesBy Lesley Wroughton and Justyna Pawlak WARSAW (Reuters) – A U.S.-sponsored Middle East conference aimed at building a coalition against what Washington sees as the threat posed by Iran also produced signs of a warming of ties between Israel and some Arab countries on Wednesday. Foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries were gathering for the conference in Warsaw, which was starting on Wednesday evening and whose agenda included Iran, conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Israeli-Palestinian peace. …



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