Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud) spoke on Wednesday against reported plans for the German Philharmonic, led by its director Daniel Barenboim, to accompany German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an upcoming visit to Tehran.
“The conductor, Daniel Barenboim, a citizen of Israel, will perform in Iran together with the Berlin Philharmonic,” Regev said in a statement. “Barenboim has taken an anti-Israel stance and he makes sure to slander Israel while using culture as leverage in order to state his political opinions against the state of Israel.”
“This is a mistake by German chancellor Angela Merkel,” Regev wrote, adding that she will send a letter the German government urging cancellation of the orchestra’s performance in Iran.
“Daniel Barenboim’s concert in Iran hurts Israel’s efforts to prevent the nuclear agreement and boosts the delegitimization efforts against Israel,” Regev wrote. “Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. “It supports Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas, and its leaders have blood on their hands. I believe that Germany would be doing the right thing if it would cancel the performance.”