The uproar at the slightly-unpopular decision of Paul McCartney to nip over to Tel Aviv to play a gig has finally prompted McCartney to issue a "hey, folks, can't we all get along" style statement:
Although, of course, he won't be going on a tourist visa. He's going to be earning cash, but carry on, Paul:
Sorry - did I suggest he was going to earn cash? No, no, he's going to make the "people" "calm down". Interestingly, in this he actually seems to be siding with the Palestinians - after all, if the idea is to play tunes to those who need to, you know, take a deep breath and count to ten, and he's not going to play a gig on the West Bank, that would imply it's only the Israelis that need to be becalmed by hearing Band On The Run played love.
Where his defence breaks down is that the chanting at Nixon didn't have an effect so much as the grinding daily images of dead American soldiers being flown back to the US and the escalating costs of fighting a doomed war; and even if the chanting had had an effect, it would have been because it was a targeted chant with a simple message. It's hard to see how getting people to hum along with Press To Play is going to bring about an end to hostilities.