Poland has threatened to pull out of the Visegrad Group summit in Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested "Poles cooperated with the Nazis." The four-state group is a key element in Israel's diplomacy.
A dispute between Israel and Poland about alleged Polish collaboration with the Nazis in World War II is threatening to overshadow a two-day meeting of central European countries in Jerusalem.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, that he would not attend the Visegrad Group summit in Israel, Morawiecki's office said Sunday.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz was then scheduled to meet with Netanyahu and the leaders of the other three Visegrad members, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic instead.
On Monday, however, Chief of Staff Michal Dworczyk told Polish broadcaster Jedynka that the Polish delegation may not participate at all.
The law was part of the government's efforts to highlight Nazi crimes against Poles during World War II. Some 6 million Polish citizens, including 3 million Jews, died during the 1939-1945 German occupation.