Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk shake hands at the end of a joint press conference at the Prime Minister office in Jerusalem, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Polish leaders are holding a special joint Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem meant to solidify ties between two countries.
Israel was established as a Jewish state in the wake of the Nazi slaughter of 6 million European Jews during World War II. Much of the genocide took place in German-run concentration camps set up in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the two countries are intertwined through "a history of great tragedy and great struggle and great triumph." Sixty years after the Holocaust, they have strong trade and defence ties.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk led the Polish delegation Thursday.
It is the second consecutive year the two countries have held a joint Cabinet session.
Last year, Netanyahu travelled to Poland with his Cabinet.