49% of Israelis perceive Poland unfavorably: Survey

Poland is rarely presented in a positive light by the Israeli media.

February 7, 2019 16:50
1 minute read.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki attends a commemoration event at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz II-Birkenau, during the ceremonies marking the 74th anniversary of the liberation of the camp and International Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Nearly half of Israelis view Poland unfavorably, according to a new survey published on Wednesday by Keevoon Research Strategy and Communications.

The survey, commissioned by Polish Ambassador Marek Magierowski, asked more than 1,000 Israelis over the age of 18 their view on Poland. A third (33%) said they view Poland “somewhat unfavorably,” while another 16% said they view it “very unfavorably.”

In addition, two-thirds (67%) of Israelis said that, “Poland has been reluctant to fully accept responsibility for the role its citizens played during the Holocaust.” Some 72% also agreed that Poles were victims of Nazi oppression, like Jews, though their suffering cannot be compared.

At a media conference earlier this week, Magierowski reacted to the survey, saying that while Poland does not deny that there were Polish nationals who collaborated with the Germans, Poles in general were not Nazis.

“History is inescapable,” he said. “We’ll always be talking about historical links between Poles and Jews, and the six tragic years in which Jews were killed in Poland by German Nazis, but there are other things in contemporary Poland to talk about.”

Magierowski pointed out that “the BDS movement is practically non-existent in Poland” and that “antisemitism has no political power” in his state. He underscored that Poland has condemned terrorist acts against Israelis, and that the country sees Israel “as our most strategic partner in the Middle East.”

Israelis, however, might not know that much about Poland. But according to the survey, one in three Israelis have visited Poland.

The poll was conducted by telephone with a margin of error of +/-2.15%. It was released this week, ahead of next week’s Warsaw Summit, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to attend as a keynote speaker.

The summit is being organized by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Also attending will be representatives of several Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman.

The following week, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will visit Israel for talks about new horizons in relations between the two countries.

Related Content

2018 Billboard Music Awards – Arrivals – Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 20/05/2018 – Recording artist Bhad
June 17, 2019
Bhad Bhabie concert in Jordan canceled over Israel support


Cookie Settings