Zero Experience and Multiple Mistakes: Can Israel’s Foreign Minister Ruin its Foreign Relations?

The deeds and statements of Yair Lapid, who heads the Yesh Atid party, have already raised eyebrows in a number of states, including in the United Arab Emirates, where the Israeli foreign minister failed to meet the country’s businessmen, as well as China and, more recently, Poland.

When Poland’s Senate passed a law that prevented the restitution of Jewish property stolen during the Holocaust, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid immediately fired back.

Harming Relations

But for Yanki Farber, a foreign news reporter for Behadrei Haredim, one of the leading news websites in Israel, what will harm the relations between the two nations is not the Polish law, but rather Lapid’s comments themselves.

During his 12 years in office, Netanyahu managed to establish a stable relationship with Polish authorities. Although he did accuse the Poles of collaborating with the Nazis, ties with Warsaw were largely friendly, and the two nations saw eye-to-eye on a number of issues, including the status of Arab and Muslim refugees, the fight against terrorism and the rights of the LGBT community.

It was due to these common interests that over the years the ties between israel and Poland have continued to grow. As of 2018, there were almost 20 partnerships between the states and tourism was blossoming; additionally, Israel’s direct investments in Poland were estimated at more than $3.5 billion.

Now, under the new Israeli leadership, that romance might soon change, says…

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