Sir Paul McCartney has been asked to play a concert in Israel, 43 years after the Beatles were banned from performing in the country.
The star was approached about staging a Tel Aviv gig this September, a source close to the deal confirmed last night. The revelation was greeted with excitement in the Israeli press. Sir Paul’s spokesman said that “nothing is confirmed”, but negotiations were continuing.
McCartney, 66, and his fellow Beatles were banned from performing in Israel in 1965 when the country’s then education minister, David Zarzevski, thought that a show by the band would threaten the morals of the nation’s youth.
But this year, Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, apologised during a trip to the Fab Four’s home city of Liverpool for the “misunderstanding”.
He sent letters to McCartney, his fellow surviving Beatle Ringo Starr and the families of John Lennon and George Harrison, writing: “There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of the generation, to come to Israel and perform.”
SHAME ON YOU PAUL McCARTNEY FOR ‘DAY TRIPPIN’ TO APARTHEID ISRAEL
In 1965 Israel was scared the Beatles would corrupt the country, in 2008 it’s the country thats corrupted the Beatles. Well one of them anyway – Paul McCartney. Ron Prosor the PR tosser has had his wet propaganda dreams come true, what better brand to associate with and legitimise the criminal apartheid state of Israel, it’s at times like this I really miss John Lennon… Although Pauls spokesman has said ‘nothing is confirmed.’ So perhaps theirs still hope and Prosors been a bit premature again, probably trying to use media pressure to win the deal. If he does accept McCartney will be living up to his bands lyrics as a day tripper as John put it “Day trippers are people who go on a day trip, right? Usually on a ferryboat or something. But [the song] was kind of… you’re just a weekend hippie. Get it?” The following from the Independent, see the Telegraph for more: