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News number: 9101140556

17:34 | 2012-04-06

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German Nobelist Cautions about Israel's Threat to Global Peace

TEHRAN (FNA)- German Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass warned against the devastating consequences of an Israeli strike on Iran, and cautioned the world against Tel Aviv's threat to global peace.



"If Israel attacks Iran's nuclear sites, presumably with conventional bombs and warheads, that could trigger a third world war," Grass said on Thursday.

In a controversial poem titled, "What Must Be Said," which was published in Germany's daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, Grass expressed concern over the consequences of Israel's possible attack on Iran.

"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.

Grass said on Thursday that calling Israel a "nuclear power" is a taboo in Germany but he no longer wished to join in "the general silence."

Grass won the Nobel Prize in 1999. His 1958 novel, The Tin Drum, was an indictment of the German mindset in the Nazi era.

Never in the history of postwar Germany has a prominent intellectual attacked Israel in such a brave way as Gunter Grass with his controversial new poem.

Metaphorically, the Nobelist has delivered a lethally lyrical strike against Israel.