Poland renews strategic dialogue with Israel

Polish UN-peacekeeping forces left Golan Heights in 2009, vacating its post for the Philippine counterparts. Photo: PAP/Jerzy Undro

The head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), Paweł Soloch, discussed Poland’s possible presence on the Golan Heights during a meeting with the head of Israeli National Security Council (NSC) Meir Ben-Shabbat.

The meeting is a follow-up to a discussion between Polish President Andrzej Duda and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu that took place on September 26 in NYC on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Mr Soloch told Poland’s “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” (DGP) daily that the goal of the trip is to “renew the strategic dialogue with the Israeli PM’s aide,” adding that “the visit is part of a series of good relations between the Polish president and Israel.”

Moreover, the Israeli assessment of the situation in the Middle East is of “particular interest” to Warsaw, Mr Soloch stressed, especially with regard to Russia’s activity in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has instigated violence across the Syrian border from the Golan Heights.

Referring to the possible return of the Polish UN-peacekeeping troops to the Golan Heights, Mr Soloch admitted that “every military mission entails a possible risk,” adding that “Poland draws experience from its presence in the region and that it may count on the favour of the Israeli authorities.”

During his stay in Israel, Mr Soloch will also pay a visit to the foreign ministry, the Knesset parliament, and also the Yad Vashem memorial to victims of the Holocaust.