I think the Grass poem is resonating broadly because it touches on at least two related issues: The establishment of Isreal was supposed to make Jews safer by not only “normalizing” them but also giving them a homeland in which they would be safe from another Holocaust. Of course, that was not quite the result so to achieve that end, Israel (with foreign help and our connivance) developed a nuclear arsenal to ensure the security of the Jewish homeland. Despite a nuclear arsenal the size of France’s, the current government in Israel claims to see an existential threat from a country with no nuclear weapons while ignoring the real existential threat to Isreal’s continued existence as a Jewish and democratic state: the occupation and the slow death of the two-state solution. Grass’s poem is a moderate and eloquent exposé of the ludicrous situation we’re in today; a perspective that is scandalously absent from much of our public discussion. He predicted his poem would be dismissed as antisemitic, and his own scandals provide the Likud Lobby with a way to change the subject, but the basic truth at the heart of it is powerful.