Paul McCartney arrived in Israel and called for a two-state solution.
McCartney touched down Wednesday at Ben Gurion Airport, The Associated Press reported, ahead of a massive outdoor concert for peace on Thursday in Tel Aviv.
On Wednesday, McCartney visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which he said was intended to show he was not playing favorites between Israelis and Palestinians.
“I’m here to highlight the situation and to say that what we need is peace in this region, a two-state solution,” he said.
McCartney’s visit has been slammed by critics who say the former Beatle, one of only two surviving members of the legendary British group, should not visit Israel in light of its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory. Muslim terrorists reportedly issued threats against the 66-year-old musician.
Some 40,000 tickets have been sold for the concert in Yarkon Park, which has been titled “Friendship First.” Tickets are selling for about $150.