Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reacted to a poem by German author and Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass, explaining that his writing shows how Western intellectuals use anti-Semitism to attain greater notoriety and sell more books.
"We expect the leaders in Europe to move decisively against such expressions by influential opinion makers, and not to allow them to continue to enjoy mainstream respectability," Channel 10 news quoted the foreign minister as saying during his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, who was on his first state visit since he was elected last year. The foreign minister noted the danger of how a small anti-Semitic comment can quickly mushroom into a larger phenomenon.
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