British crooner Robbie Williams touched down in Israel Thursday evening, ahead of his Tel Aviv show Saturday night.
Accompanied by his wife and an entourage of over 50, the singer landed in Ben Gurion Airport aboard his private jet a day and a half early, allowing plenty of time to see the best of the holy land’s sites before he’s due to entertain us.
Williams will spend Shabbat dinner with local pop star Ninet Tayeb, who will warm up his Saturday night performance in the White City’s massive HaYarkon Park, Channel 2 reported.
On Wednesday, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters made plain he wished the singer weren’t here, attacking Williams for performing in Tel Aviv, claiming his decision “gives succor to Netanyahu and his regime, and endorses their deadly racist policies.” Waters is a relentless critic of Israel.
In an open letter published in Salon, Rogers referred to the IDF’s killing of four Palestinian boys playing football on a Gaza beach during the summertime Protective Edge offensive. “Sadly, when it comes to Palestinian children, like those killed on that beach in Gaza that day, Williams is showing a chilling indifference to their well-being,” Rogers wrote.
Williams got his start as part of the popular British boy band Take That, later embarking on a solo career after feuding with the other band members. He has sold more than 77 million albums in his 20-year career, primarily to an audience of adoring female fans.
Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.