Assailant on Polish ambassador apologises

Israeli architect Arik Lederman who had assaulted Polish Ambassador to Israel Marek Magierowski on Tuesday issued an apologetic statement on Thursday.

The assailant also stated that he was unaware of the fact that the person he spat on was a Polish ambassador, wrote Israeli news website Matzav.

Mr Lederman said in a statement that he wishes to personally apologise to Ambassador Magierowski, stressing that his own family suffered during the Holocaust and that the reason for his visit to the Polish embassy was on the matter of Jewish property restitution.

The assailant also accused the embassy’s guard of using a term that he found offending.

Mr Magierowski denounced that the embassy’s guard could use inappropriate language and behave unbecomingly. Mr Lederman expressed his hope that the whole incident will draw to an end and that proper proportions will be maintained.

According to Israeli police, the assailant was put under home arrest and is forbidden to approach the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv for 30 days.

For his part, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted that the State of Israel is shocked with the assault on the Polish ambassador. “Israel expresses its full sympathy with the Polish ambassador and shock at the attack…. This is a top priority to us, as we are fully committed to diplomats safety and security,” tweeted Mr Nahshon.

Mr Magierowski was physically and verbally assaulted by Arik Lederman in front of the Polish Embassy’s building in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Israel’s ambassador to Poland Anna Azari was later on summoned to the Polish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, where she expressed her regret at the incident and declared Israeli authorities’ help at clarifying the situation.