Israeli leader hosts east European PMs after summit scrapped

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Prime Minister is meeting with his Slovakian counterpart in a first set of sit-downs with Eastern European leaders after a high-profile summit was cancelled over a rift with Poland.

Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Peter Pellegrini yesterday in Jerusalem.

He also met Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban before hosting all three for lunch at his official residence.

The meetings are the result of the unravelling of a planned summit of the Visegrad group after Poland withdrew to protest Israeli leaders’ comments about Poland’s complicity in the Holocaust.

Netanyahu had touted the gathering as a milestone in his outreach to the emerging democracies of central and Eastern Europe.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. – AP