McCartney does Tel Aviv

Paul McCartney performed in Israel for 40,000 fans.

McCartney’s concert Thursday was the first ever by a Beatle in Israel; conservative authorities forbade the Fab Four from performing in 1965.

Tickets to the concert in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park sold for between $150 and $1,500. McCartney played Beatles classics including the Long and Winding Road and Yesterday, as well as songs from his solo career.

McCartney, whose tour had been dogged by pro-Palestinian groups who asked him not to come and Islamists who issued death threats, greeted the audience with “Shana Tova” to mark the Jewish New Year as well as “Ramadan Karim,” marking the Muslim month of fasting now underway.

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