FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2009 file photo German writer and Nobel Prize laureate for literature Guenter Grass speaks at an interview with The Associated Press in the library of Steidl publishers in Goettingen, Germany. German literature Nobel laureate Guenter Grass is seeking to quell a growing controversy over a poem critical of Israel that drew sharp condemnations and accusations of being anti-Semitic. Grass told daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung's edition published Saturday April 7, 2012 that his criticism wasn't meant to attack the country wholesale but target the current policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu's government. In the poem published in dailies across Europe earlier this week the 84-year-old Grass criticized what he described as Western hypocrisy over Israel's nuclear program and labeled the country a threat to "already fragile world peace" over its belligerent stance on Iran. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)