The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its anger that the regional German daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a list of “The Seven Craziest Leaders in the World.”
The Israeli premier featured along with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Khamenei North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, with whom Netanyahu met on Thursday in Moscow.
The text accompanying Netanyahu’s picture says that he is promoting settlement policies and that he tried to convince former US President Barack Obama to attack Iran.
The Israeli Embassy in Germany criticized the paper: “The fact that they put an elected prime minister of a democratic Western country, which has been fighting for its life since its founding, alongside some of the worst dictators in the world, reveals more than anything the newspaper’s level of understanding of what is happening today in the world, or something much worst, which was already supposed to have disappeared from the world: anti-Semitism.”
Following Israeli and internal German objections, the newspaper apologized for including Israel’s prime minister in the list. “Including Netanyahu in a the list was a mistake, and we apologize for it,” the newspaper announced on Saturday night.