This condescending opinion-article-turned-"news report" (it is in the Diplomacy & Defense section) tries to portray Israeli politicians as illiterate reactionaries, simultaneously giving the aura of a learned intellectual to its author, Ofer Aderet. Mr. Aderet, I hate to break it to you, but familiarity with this writer or that philosopher only enlarges your intellectuphallus in the minds of a certain kind of human cattle. The same group that is impressed by large numbers and big words. Generally, the person who tries to create the impression belongs to this group himself. It would not surprise me if Mr. Aderet follows the rule. For the matter itself: the politicians may or may not be familiar with Grass's other works or of his person, but this one shoddy piece they know about is well and enough to justify their declaration of him as a persona non grata. It is fair and right that a man who uses his public ink to single out Israel, to turn it into a threat to "world peace" (as if such a beast exists) and hell-bent on the elimination of the Iranian people, should be considered unwelcome by the Jewish State. It matters not that his name is Gunther Grass and that he is a famous writer.
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from the article: Israeli politicians are having a field day over Gunter Grass