Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Israel: on the basis of a common history we can build the future

We want to make modern technology and research (R&D) the basis for the development of Poland – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło in Jerusalem. She informed that Poland will cooperate with Israel inter alia in the field of innovative technology, tourism and culture.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

The fight against anti-Semitism and for historical truth

What brings Poland and Israel together is our history, common destiny that have been brutally interrupted by the Nazi invaders – said the Prime Minister. According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło we should fight for historical truth, talk about history, show a common history and use it for building the future.

We are determined to fight against any manifestation of anti-Semitism, because it only creates evil – stressed the Prime Minister. As she added: there is understanding and a will of cooperation, readiness to speaking clearly, who was the invader, executioner and victim. Beata Szydło said that those who have built the German Nazi death camps in Poland wanted to destroy both nations, Poles and Jews. The today's talks have highlighted that there is cultural proximity between Poland and Israel, the community of our shared historic destiny and values – said the head of the Government.

The Prime Minister of Israel stressed that the friendship between Israel and Poland is concrete, but it also has deep spiritual dimension. He mentioned about the common history of both nations. Three millions of Polish Jews were murdered by the Nazis, it was an enormous tragedy, Poland also experienced a lot of suffering during World War II – said Benjamin Netanjahu. Poland takes a firm position when it comes to anti-Semitism appearing in various parts of Europe. We appreciate this – he pointed out.

Economic cooperation

Prime Minister Beata Szydło ensured that Poland will cooperate with Israel in the field of innovative projects. She stressed that Poland is going to carry out ambitious development plan in this area – The Responsible Development Plan. As the Prime Minister added, she is pleased that it will be soon possible to discuss joint projects on the base of the Innovation Forum, which is to be launched. In the Prime Minister’s opinion, the up-to-date projects realised together will be flagship for both countries.

We have been also talking about young people that comes to Poland. We want them not only to visit these traditional, historical places, but also to explore the modern Poland and to be able to become familiar with a secure and well-developing beautiful country – informed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. What is more, the bilateral discussions concerned also tourism and culture cooperation.

Benefits security

During the visit to Israel, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy Elżbieta Rafalska and her Israeli counterpart signed an agreement on social security. The Prime Ministers of Poland and Israel had earlier signed a joint declaration. The agreement signed at ministerial level aims at ensuring the coordination of social security systems functioning in Poland and in Israel. It was based on international standards in force in the field of social security, namely on the principles of equal treatment, of free transfer (exportation) of benefits, of unity of the applied legislation and of aggregation of insurance periods.

Polish-Israeli intergovernmental consultations

Simultaneously with the discussions of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanjahu, inter-ministerial consultations of both countries were held. They included the representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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