Bono, the lead singer of Irish rock band U2, was spotted in Israel on Monday evening, according to Maariv. Accompanied by tight security and sporting his iconic sunglasses, the singer was seen at The Container restaurant bar at the Jaffa port.
While the purpose of the 51-year-old singer’s visit is not known, it is speculated to be connected either to his well-known political and social activism, or to recent reports that he has invested money in “Dropbox” – a hi-tech company that works with Israeli partners.
U2 performed at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon in 1997 on their “Pop” tour. Since then, despite repeated attempts to bring them back, and several announced intentions, the band has not returned to Israel.
Bono, who was born Paul Hewson in Dublin, is as known for his humanitarian activism as he is for his music. He has on many occasions expressed his hope for peace in the Middle East as well as a Palestinian state, and in 2007 he met with then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni in Washington, D.C.