Arik Lederman, a 65-year-old resident of Herzliya, suspected of spitting Polish ambassador Marek Magierowski, apologized for the incident on Wednesday.
"I would like to express my apology for the incident that occurred yesterday," Lederman wrote in a letter explaining the details of the incident, which is why he was arrested.
"My family has experienced the difficulties of the Holocaust in Poland, and my embassy appeal was tied to the restitution of property," he wrote. As part of the appeal, I encountered a disparaging stance by embassy staff, who called me "Yid & # 39; in Polish. The statement made me very hurt. "
"Immediately after that, I left the embassy offices and headed for cars parked on the street near the embassy, rough pavements in that area made it difficult to pass, and I innocently walked the road. It came out behind a vehicle that was shaking and causing panic, For this reason I expressed outrage and did it in a way that I regret.
Lederman emphasized that "I certainly did not know the identity of the vehicle user or his work, and I certainly did not know that the Polish ambassador in Israel was in the vehicle."
"As a result, I would like to express my sincere apology for what happened, so I even asked my representatives to go to embassy offices to apologize to the ambassador. I hope that the episode will end and everything will be preserved. proportions. "
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned the spying incident as a "racist attack," stating: "I am very worried to hear about a racial attack on @PLinIsrael Ambassador @mmagierowski."
"Poland strongly condemns this xenophobic act of aggression. Violence against diplomats or any other citizens should never be tolerated. "