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April 22, 2012 11:38 am

Netanyahu Defends Decision to Bar Grass, Says He Went Too Far

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German Writer Gunter Grass. Photo: wiki commons.

Times of Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended Israel’s decision to bar German writer Günter Grass from entering the country after the Nobel laureate published a poem accusing Israel of endangering world peace.

“I think what Grass says is an absolute outrage,” he said in an interview with the German daily Die Welt. “That it comes from a German Nobel laureate and not from a teenager in a Neo-Nazi party makes it all the more outrageous. And it demands a very strong response. I think what Grass said shows a collapse of moral clarity.”

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  • rachel


    Gunter Grass is another reason to make us question the direction of the Nobel Prize awards, especially in view of some Nobel Prize awardees (Arafat comes to mind).

    To say that Nobel is not political is too vague a blanket statement.

    If Israel wanted to annihilate the Iranian people she had many years to accomplish this.

    Let us not forget the thousands of Jews living under the Iranian regime. Surely Israel would not have wanted to kill them.

    Israel’s decision was correct.