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cue jews;ISRAEL has declared Guenter Grass persona non grata, deepening a spat with the Nobel-winning author over a poem that deeply criticised the Jewish state and suggested it was as much a danger as Iran.
The dispute with Grass, who only late in life admitted to a Nazi past, has drawn new attention to strains in Germany's complicated relationship with the Jewish state - and also focused unwelcome light on Israel's own secretive nuclear program.
In a poem called What Must Be Said published last Wednesday, Grass, 84, criticized what he described as Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear program and labeled the country a threat to "already fragile world peace" over its belligerent stance on Iran.
truth hurts;Israel's interior minister, Eli Yishai, has announced that Grass would be barred from Israel, citing an Israeli law that allows him to prevent entry to ex-Nazis. But Mr Yishai made clear the decision was related more to the recent poem than Grass' actions nearly 70 years ago.
"If Guenter wants to spread his twisted and lying works, I suggest he does this from Iran, where he can find a supportive audience," Mr Yishai said.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused Grass of anti-Semitism.
More recently, Mr Netanyahu has turned to Holocaust imagery in warning the world of the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. In a speech last month to American Jewish leaders, Mr Netanyahu said, "Never again will we not be masters of the fate of our very survival. Never again."
but guilt prevails;Tom Segev, an Israeli Holocaust historian, said he found Grass' allegations against Israel to be "absurd" but nonetheless felt the Israel response was exaggerated and reflected a troubling lack of tolerance for criticism. Israel has barred a handful of critics, including American linguist Noam Chomsky, from entering the country.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/new...israel-over-iran/story-e6frg6so-1226321898627Grass' poem has also opened up some delicate issues in Germany. As a result of the country's Nazi past, German governments have made staunch support for Israel a cornerstone of their foreign policy, making the country one of Israel's most trusted allies in the EU.