Iohannis, who refused the appointment of the Former Minister of Business Affairs for the role of the new Development Minister, said Ilan Laufer's comments were "inadmissible for the memory of the Holocaust to be sullied via such attacks".
President Iohannis announced on Tuesday that he has issued the gov't reshuffle decree, which omitted the candidacies of Ilan Laufer and Lia Vasilescu, the former Minister of Labour.
Laufer hit back at Iohannis, suggesting his decision was "a new act of anti-Semitism," adding that the Romanian president regularly made anti-Semitic statements, blocked the appointment of a Romanian ambassador to Israel and opposed the move of Bucharest's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
European states have seen a rise in political scandals over anti-Semitic sentiment, including cases in Austria and the United Kingdom.
In Austria, the right-wing Freedom Party (FPO), a junior partner in a coalition with the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has been boycotted by Israel. Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl has been boycotted by Israel due to her affiliation with FPO, Tel Aviv withdrew its ambassador in Vienna and reduced the level of its relations with Austria.
Chancellor Kurz has been making efforts to reverse these measures and announced earlier in November the visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to attend a conference centred on the fight against anti-Semitism.
I met with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in New York and expressed my appreciation for a series of decisions and actions that the Austrian government, led by Chancellor Kurz, has adopted in recent months. The relations between our two countries are excellent. pic.twitter.com/eGywFi1DM4— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 27, 2018
The Israeli PM, however, had to cancel what would have been the first by an Israel prime minister to Austria's capital since 1997 due to domestic political developments.
The United Kingdom saw a rise of one of the biggest political scandals over anti-Semitism in the last two years. One of the two main parties, Labour, has been embroiled in scores of anti-Semitic accusations over abuse and commentary.