‘Love Me Jew’

‘Love Me Jew’
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More than four decades after the cancellation of an invitation to the legendary band, Israel this week extended the hand of friendship to Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr by offering them the opportunity to participate in a concert as part of this year’s 60th birthday celebrations.

More than four decades after the cancellation of an invitation to the legendary band, Israel this week extended the hand of friendship to Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr by offering them the opportunity to participate in a concert as part of this year’s 60th birthday celebrations.

“They don’t have to wait until Israel is 64,” said a spokesman for London’s Israeli Embassy, a reference to one of the band’s famous hits. Fears that the rock and roll band could corrupt youngsters in the country has been suggested as a reason for why the decision was taken to abort the Fab Four’s 1965 visit, as has financial constraints.

The invitation was issued in a letter from Israeli Ambassador and Beatles admirer Ron Proser, who on Monday toured The Beatles Story in Liverpool accompanied by John Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird.

Although it made no mention of visiting Eilat to go on a yellow submarine, the letter read: “The Beatles have always enjoyed huge popular support in Israel, reaching out across boundaries of generation, background and faith. In calling off your 1965 concert, Israel missed the chance to learn from the most influential musicians of the decade, and the Beatles missed an opportunity to reach out to one of the most passionate audiences in the world. On our 60th anniversary, we would like to take the opportunity to offer you a second chance to play in Israel.”

Jerry Goldman , Director of The Beatles Story, said like the Israeli public, he would love to see McCartney and Starr perform. But he warned: “I know how different it was for Liverpool to bring them up here” and suggested there was more of a chance of a normal visit. And n chance of them performing together.

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