JERUSALEM — A Polish dancer who defected to Israel to join a woman he fell in love with has learned she already is engaged to be married, Israel Radio and the woman's friends said Friday.
Polish officials in Israel said they would not force the dancer, identified as Sigmund Irinauch, to return, and Israeli officials said he can stay at least until his visa expires Aug. 29.
Irinauch, in his late 20s, disappeared Tuesday after his 46-member Slovianki dance company performed at a festival in the northern port of Haifa.
Haifa police said he defected to join an Israeli folk dancer he met when both were performing in Canada two years ago. The daily Maariv newspaper said Irinauch wrote regularly to the woman, whom the radio identified as Mira Katz, a nurse and a member of the Hora Jerusalem dancing troupe.