Nobel winning German author says Israel endangers world peace

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Published Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning German writer Guenter Grass has said in a poem that Israel is a threat to world peace and said it must not be allowed to launch military strikes against Iran.

Grass, 84, a seasoned campaigner for left-wing causes and a critic of Western military interventions such as Iraq, also condemned German arms sales to Israel in his poem "What must be said", published in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily on Wednesday.

His words were criticized in Germany, where any strong condemnation of Israel is taboo because of the Nazi-perpetrated Holocaust, despite Israel committing its own crimes against indigenous Palestinians.

"Why do I say only now ... that the nuclear power Israel endangers an already fragile world peace? Because that must be said which may already be too late to say tomorrow," Grass wrote in the poem.

"Also because we – as Germans burdened enough – may become a subcontractor to a crime that is foreseeable," he wrote, adding that Germany's Nazi past and the Holocaust were no excuse for remaining silent now about Israel's nuclear capability.

"I will not remain silent because I am weary of the West's hypocrisy," wrote Grass, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999 for novels such as "The Tin Drum" chronicling the horrors of 20th century German history.

Israel possess the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East. Israel's nuclear warheads could be carried by Dolphin submarines it has bought from Germany at a discounted rate.

The Jewish state has threatened to take military action, with or without US support, to halt what it sees as a nuclear threat from Iran. Tehran says it is developing nuclear technology for purely peaceful purposes.

Germany said recently it would sell Israel a sixth Dolphin submarine and shoulder part of the cost, but also warned its ally that any military escalation with Iran could bring incalculable risks.

The poem called for an international agency to take permanent control of both Israel's nuclear weapons and Iran's atomic plant.

Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, have called for a nuclear free zone in the Middle East, calling on world powers to pressure Israel to disarm its nuclear warheads and Iran to rescind on its program.

Israel has so far refused to entertain the idea of giving up its nuclear weapons, despite it having a proliferation effect as witnessed by Iran's current pursuit of nuclear technology.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)


what a rubbish statement !!!! how could be a smalll nation like israel can be threat to the world peace. The giants like U.S . Russia and China are the threats. How a nation like israel , which is surrounded by 66 arab enemy nations could survive without self defence. every nation on this earth has a right to defend it self. GOD BLESS ISRAEL..........

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