Theodorakis ‘to clarify’ remarks

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Composer Mikis Theodorakis has asked left-wing Israeli MP Roman Bronfman for a meeting in a bid to clarify remarks that earned him accusations of anti-Semitism, the deputy told AFP. «Mr Theodorakis, who insists his remarks were only directed at Israel’s policies, invited me for a meeting along with former Palestinian minister Yasser Abed Rabbo,» Bronfman said. Earlier this month, Theodorakis, 78, referred to Jews as «the root of evil,» drawing the outrage of Greece’s Jewish community and angry reactions from Israeli officials and organizations. «If Mr Theodorakis, who in the past was considered a friend of Israel, wants to apologize, I don’t see why anyone should prevent him,» said Bronfman. The Ukraine-born Meretz party MP is currently attending a European conference in Athens, along with Abed Rabbo, one of the main initiators of the Geneva initiative, an unofficial peace plan due to be signed on Monday.