Isreal Issues Belated Apology to Beatles

Posted on February 10, 2008

Raw Story reports that Isreal regrets cancelling a Beatles concert in 1965. They plan to deliver apologetic letters to the surviving Beatles and relatives of the deceased Beatle members.
Israel plans to deliver letters of apology to the two surviving members of the British group and relatives of the deceased members for cancelling a concert in 1965, an official at Israel's London embassy told AFP.

"We would like to take this opportunity to rectify a historic missed opportunity which unfortunately took place in 1965 when you were invited to Israel," the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot quoted the letter as saying.

"Unfortunately the state of Israel cancelled your performance in the country due to lack of budget and because several politicians in the Knesset had believed at the time that your performance might corrupt the minds of the Israeli youth," it adds.

Israel's ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor was due to meet Julia Baird, the sister of deceased singer John Lennon, on Monday during a visit to the band's hometown of Liverpool, foreign ministry spokesman Arye Mekel told AFP.
43 years later but better late than never. It certainly would have been a memorable concert. The Beatles toured the U.S. Canada in 1965. 55,000 people saw the Beatles at New York's Shea Stadium.

Another portion of the letter reads, "There is no doubt that it was a great missed opportunity to prevent people like you, who shaped the minds of the generation, to come to Israel and perform before the young generation in Israel who admired you and continues to admire you."