PSD leader Liviu Dragnea and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila have delimited themselves on Wednesday from the statements made a day before by Ilan Laufer.
“I entirely delimit myself from what Mr. Ilan Laufer said,” Liviu Dragnea said on Wednesday, in Parliament, before entering the PSD Executive Committee sitting.
Asked if she assumes the statements of Laufer, Premier Viorica Dancila said: “No.”
Later on, in a press conference at the PSD HQs, Liviu Dragnea gave further explanations about this topic.
“There are statements from which I delimit, they are much too far-fetched. These statements do not engage PSD in any way. We had a debate in the party’s national bureau that discussed the possibility that Ilan Laufer is sending a press release, but we didn’t intend to make statements last night for there were not final decision. It was a security incident, to say it. it won’t happen again. I had a talk with the secretary general, I won’t accept that anyone should go to the press conference room without my knowledge. Ilan Laufer is not a criminal, he is a highly trained person, he made some statements, he assumed them, but they don’t represent PSD’ stance,” Dragnea said.
As for Laufer, he posted a new message on Facebook, saying he “is deeply aggrieved” by the reactions to his previous stance, adding that religion should not justify anti-Semitic reactions against him.
President Klaus Iohannis has condemned on Wednesday the references to anti-Semitism and Nazism in the domestic political disputes, says the accusations brought by Ilan Laufer are irresponsible and show lack of education, culture, diplomacy and history.
“Bringing issues of anti-Semitism as accusations represent a dangerous action which could generate anti-Semitic and discriminatory manifestations and could incite to hatred,” President Iohannis says in a release issued on Wednesday by the Presidency.
“Ilan Laufer has failed the test of maturity by preferring to play the part of speaking-tube for the PSD toxic propaganda. The characters bringing about such outrageous accusations disqualify themselves automatically and cannot take over high positions with the Romanian state,” the President further says.
Ilan Laufer, who belongs to the Jewish community, told a press conference at the PSD headquarters Tuesday evening that President Iohannis’ denial to name him as minister of Regional Development is an act of anti-Semitism, announcing he will file a complaint against Iohannis to the National Council for Combating Discrimination.
“This decision is not constitutional. I consider President Iohannis’ denial in my case as a new act of anti-Semitism. Mr. Iohannis had several outbursts against Jews and anti-Semitic statements, has refused to name an ambassador in the attempt to sabotage the Romanian-Israeli relation. He acted through intermediates by a criminal complaint against PM Viorica Dancila. I have certain information that I should expect the same way of action, more precisely a criminal file that is under way at the President’s order. Mr. Iohannis promised Angela Merkel that he will do its best to block the relocation of Romania’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Ilan Laufer told the press conference.