In a blow to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s efforts to remake Israel into a center of worldwide diplomacy, the Visegrad conference that was planned to take place in Israel later this week has now been cancelled. The cancellation follows the announcement by Poland, the largest member of the Visegrad group of Eastern European countries that it was withdrawing from its participation in the conference following remarks by Netanyahu and interim foreign minister Katz as to Polish responsibility for the genocide of Polish Jewry during the Holocaust. Poland maintains that it was a victim of Nazi Germany and bears no responsibility for the near total annihilation of its Jewry, a group that numbered three million people or a full 10% of the pre-war Polish population. The official position held by Israel and many individual Jews is that Poland, while not primarily responsible, was an accessory after the fact in so far as many Polish citizens willingly assisted the Nazis in their genocidal endeavors and to this day benefit form property unlawfully looted from its Jewish owners.
Baruch Pletner is an entrepreneur, a scientist, an inventor, and a private pilot. He is passionate about education, the outdoors, and the war on globalism. Baruch holds a PhD degree from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. Born in Kiev to Zionist parents, Baruch spent the first ten years of his life in the Soviet Union getting an education in the evils of communism. Though both of his grandfathers were killed defending the USSR against Nazi invaders, Baruch was a victim of rampant anti-Semitism from as long as he can remember, making his departure for Israel in 1973 a very welcome event. In Israel, Baruch served in the Air Force as a Fire Control Officer in a HAWK surface to air missile battery and took part in the First Lebanon War. While his career in engineering took him to Boston, Baruch has remained an ardent Zionist and supporter of the Jewish Nation, the Torah, and the Land of Israel. Fluent in three languages and a student of history and the classics, Baruch has been writing for tsarizm.com as the Hi-Tech Traditionalist for a number of years, covering the war on globalism, Russia, and Israel. Baruch resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife of 33 years and their two dogs and one cat.