The major problem in the Grass affair is not the way Israel blackmails every German. Rather, it’s Israelis’ inability to understand this country other than through the way it’s portrayed in our media.
The person who symbolized “the other Germany” more than anyone in West Germany, the person who was Germany’s conscience throughout his literary career, has made the Israeli establishment and its clones crazy. These people have responded pettily and violently. Gunter Grass’ service in the Wafen SS when he was 17 has nothing to do with his positions. You need lots of chutzpah and maybe even ignorance to think the Germans don’t know how many despicable Nazis Israel catered to, as long as they supported its policies. Read More