I could never understand the Israeli government postion to bar the Beatles from performing in their coutry back in the sixties. Especially since David Ben Gurion’s expressed statement that Israel would not be a country unless it had brothels. The stated reason was that the Israeli government would corrupt the morals of the nation’s youth.
Are they kidding?
The immoral culture of sexual permissiveness that pervades Israeli armed services mandory of all citizens - towers over anything the Beatles sing about! I hardly think that John, Paul, George, and Ringo would have add anything more morally corrupting than that with their music.
I mean… really!
Well that wrong has been righted. Paul McCartney will be performing in Israel. Here is the story from JTA:
Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will perform in Israel 43 years after government officials banned the Fab Four.
His Sept. 25 concert in Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park is expected to be one of the largest in Israeli history.
The show is part of a world tour by McCartney comprised of more than 100 shows.
Earlier this year, Israeli Ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor invited McCartney and Ringo Starr to perform in Israel for the country's 60th birthday.
In 1965, Israeli government officials denied the Beatles a permit to perform out of fear their music would corrupt the morals of the nation's youth.