German Nobel author Gunter Grass, 84...has been declared a 'persona non grata'...and barred from entering Israel...after criticizing Israel's nuclear policy...as a threat to world peace...in a poem published Wednesday...called..."What Must Be Said."
Grass also condemned Germany's recent sale of nuke capable subs to Tel Aviv.
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned Grass...and its ForMin Lieberman labelled Grass an anti-Semite.
German ForMin Guido Westervelle said "putting Israel and Iran on the same moral level is...absurd"...and Germany is abuzz with the controversy.
Grass now admits that his poem was inexact...and he meant to primarily criticize Netanyanu's government.
"I have often supported Israel, I have often been in the country and want the country to exist and at last find peace with its neighbors," Grass stated.
Israel has a policy of barring critics...that some find disturbing.
NEW!!! ANALYSIS: Why all the furor in Germany over the Grass Poem?
His status as the 'conscience of Germany'...is the reason.