Netanyahu: Guenter Grass poem ´shameful´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Published: 04.05.12, 19:20)
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Prime minister slams German author, says ´It´s Iran, not Israel that
threatens to destroy other countries´
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned German author Guenter
Grass over a poem he wrote in which he attacked Israel as a threat to
"The shameful comparison Grass made between Israel and Iran says very
little about Israel but speaks volumes about Mr. Grass," Netanyahu
"Why do I say only now ... that the nuclear power Israel endangers an
already fragile world peace? Because that must be said which may
already be too late to say tomorrow," Grass, 84, wrote in the poem,
published in German in Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
The poem caused uproar both in Israel and in Germany, prompting a
response by Israel´s prime minister. "It´s Iran, not Israel that
threatens to destroy other countries. It´s Iran, not Israel, that
supports terror organizations that fire rockets at innocent
"It´s Iran, not Israel, that endorses the Syrian massacre. It´s Iran,
not Israel that pelts women with stones, hangs homosexuals and
brutally suppresses tens of millions of its citizens," Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu also addressed the fact that six years ago Grass admitted
he had been a member of the Waffen SS in his youth. "For six decades
Mr. Grass concealed his past, and it therefore comes as no surprise
that he regards the only Jewish state in the world as a threat to
world peace and opposes its procurement of means of self defense,"
"However, honest people around the world must harshly condemn these
shameful and ignorant statements."
Grass, a seasoned campaigner for left-wing causes and a critic of
Western military interventions such as Iraq, also condemned German
arms sales to Israel in his poem "What must be said", published in
several newspapers on Wednesday. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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