PM slams Grass for 'ignorant, reprehensible' Israel slurs

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April 5, 2012 18:42
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed German Nobel Prize winning author Günter Grass on Thursday, saying his "shameful" moral equivalence between Iran and Israel says more about Grass, than it does about Israel.

It is rare for Netanyahu to react to anti-Semitic and virulently anti-Israel statements made abroad, but this time he felt it necessary considering Grass' high profile and hidden Nazi past, a government official said.

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

Grass published a poem in two major European papers Wednesday saying that Israel endangers the world's security and that he was concerned it would "wipe out the Iranian people." He called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop its delivery of Dolphin submarines to Israel.

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