"Prime Minister Morawiecki told Prime Minister Netanyahu in a telephone call that Poland will be represented at the summit by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz", government spokesperson Joanna Kopcinska said.
Polish 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.
The spat started when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a recent Middle East summit in Warsaw that Poles collaborated with the Nazis during the war and he didn't know anyone who was ever sued for making such a statement.
The clarification came hours after the Polish foreign ministry had summoned Azari over the remarks.
Israel's acting foreign minister, Israel Katz, made his remarks Sunday in an interview on Reshet 13 TV. "The Poles cooperated with the Nazis and took part in the extermination of the Jews during the Holocaust".
"Poles collaborated with the Nazis, definitely".
Netanyahu was supposed to meet with the leaders of the four central European countries known as the Visegrad Group - Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia - during the two-day meeting in Israel. "Anti-Semitism was inherent in the Poles before, during and after the Holocaust".
Netanyahu, who has served as foreign minister since May 2015 and as defense minister since November 2018, also holds the health portfolio, with Yaakov Litzman acting as his deputy, in addition to his post as the head of Israeli government.
"Historical truth cannot be changed", he said. As (former Israeli Prime Minister) Yitzhak Shamir said - his father was murdered by Poles - he said that from his point of view they sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk.
After an outcry in Israel and the United States, Poland's conservative Law and Justice government backed out of legislation mandating jail terms for anyone suggesting the country had collaborated with the Nazis.
The developments mark a new low in a bitter conflict over how to remember and characterize Polish actions toward Jews during the German occupation of Poland in World War II.
Warsaw has always 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.