He didn’t have any problem performing at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding, so what made you think a little criticism over last month’s flotilla attack would have Elton John skipping a performance in Israel?
Not only did Elton play a full 2.5 hour set yesterday near Tel Aviv (“Shalom, we are so happy to be back here! Ain’t nothing gonna stop us from coming, baby!”), he also took a moment, after his second number “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” in front of 45,000 fans, to attack other artists who’ve skipped their Israel dates because of Israel’s Gaza attack: “Musicians spread love and peace, and bring people together. That’s what we do. We don’t cherry-pick our conscience.” That list includes Elvis Costello, Santana, the Pixies and Devendra Banhart.
But hey, as Elton’s husband David Furnish says, the singer accepted Rush’s invite because “life is about building bridges, not walls.” And that holds true in Israel too, yah?