Published On: Sun, Mar 12th, 2017

German daily apologizes for including Netanyahu on list of Craziest Leaders

Hamburger Morgenpost includes the Israeli PM alongside the craziest leaders of Russia, Iran and North Korea, inter alia. The paper later calls Netanyahu's inclusion 'a mistake.'
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu © Mikhail MetzelTASS

Craziest Leaders

A list of “The Seven Craziest Leaders in the World” was published at the regional German daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its anger that the list included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Among the Craziest Leaders are 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 makes him entitled to be among the craziest leaders.


German daily apologizes for including Netanyahu on list of nutsy leaders


Hamburger Morgenpost has left-wing editorial positions. Two years ago, it published a caricature of the Islamic religious figure Mohammed.

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.

By Ynet News 

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