Israel Political Brief April 6, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks Regarding Gunter Grass’s Poem Equating Israel & Iran

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Netanayahu blasts Gunter Grass poem

Source: JTA, 4-6-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted a German poet who wrote that Israel is a threat to world peace.

In a statement, Netanyahu condemned German Nobel laureate Gunter Grass for his “shameful moral equivalence,” the Times of Israel reported.

“Gunter Grass’s shamelful moral equivalence between Israel and Iran, a regime that denies the Holocaust and threatens to annihilate Israel, says little about Israel and much about Mr. Grass,” Netanyahu said.

Grass, 84 and the winnter of the 1999 Nobel Prize in literature, published a poem Wednesday in which we writes that Israel is “endangering world peace” and criticizes the German government for its support of the Jewish state.

In 2006, Grass acknowledged that he had served in a division of the Waffen-SS.

On Thursday, Grass responded to criticism of his poem, telling a German television station that his critics had not bothered to look at the poem and were interested only in a campaign to ruin his reputation.

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks Regarding Gunter Grass

Source: PMO, 4-6-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks regarding Gunter Grass:

“Gunter Grass’s shameful moral equivalence between Israel and Iran, a regime that denies the Holocaust and threatens to annihilate Israel, says little about Israel and much about Mr. Grass.

It is Iran, not Israel, that is a threat to the peace and security of the world.

It is Iran, not Israel, that threatens other states with annihilation.

It is Iran, not Israel, that supports terror organizations that fire rockets on innocent civilians.

It is Iran, not Israel, that is supporting the Syrian regime’s massacre of its own people.

It is Iran, not Israel, that stones women, hangs gays and brutally represses tens of millions of its own citizens.

For six decades, Mr. Grass hid the fact that he had been a member of the Waffen SS. So for him to cast the one and only Jewish state as the greatest threat to world peace and to oppose giving Israel the means to defend itself is perhaps not surprising.

But decent people everywhere should strongly condemn these ignorant and reprehensible statements.”

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