Visiting Poland was a high priority for new AJC CEO Ted Deutch. Together with former AJC-head David Harris they paid a three-day visit to Warsaw, where they have met with high level officials from both sides of the aisle, diplomats and the Jewish community.
During a meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Israel Yacov Livne, Deutch expressed AJC’s appreciation for a new agreement between the two countries, that allows the resumption of Israeli youth trips to Poland. He also thanked Ambassador Livne for working on advancing relations between the two countries, and assured him, AJC remains a partner in that process.
Meeting Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the two discussed Poland’s leading role in providing ongoing military and economic aid to Ukraine from where an estimated 10 million people fled to Poland following the Russian invasion last year.
“Poland continues to show a willingness to meaningfully engage with the Jewish community and Israel,” Deutch said. “And its support of Ukraine and refugees has been nothing less than inspiring.”
Deutch spoke to News24, where he stressed the importance of Polish-Israeli relations, and AJC’s role in supporting the two countries warming their relations.
The AJC delegation also met with Speaker of the Polish Senate Tomasz Grodzki, and leader of the opposition and Chair of the Civic Platform, Donald Tusk, agreeing, supporting Ukraine and the transatlantic alliance remains a non-partisan issue in Poland.
During an important meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador to Poland Vasyl Zvarych, Deucth learned about Ukraine’s priorities, that are to defeat the aggressor, and join the structures of the free and democratic West. In a friendly conversation with US Ambassador in Warsaw, Mark Brzezinski, Ted Deutch praised flourishing US-Polish relations.
Read AJC’s press release covering Ted Deutch’s visit to Warsaw here.