TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Young Israeli leaders from the OneVoice Movement met Thursday with British rock 'n' roll icon Paul McCartney in Tel Aviv, the group said.
In support of the movement's mission to empower ordinary Israelis and Palestinians to push for peace and a two-state solution, the group said McCartney promised he would wear a OneVoice pin on his lapel during his first concert in the country Thursday night.
Although McCartney was asked by some groups to cancel the concert in protest of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, he declined to do so, stating his visit was meant to spread a message of peace and explaining he wanted to see what was going on in the region for himself.
At Thursday's meeting with executive staff from OneVoice Israel and 10 youth leaders, McCartney said: "My father told me that regular people don't like wars and don't want conflict. I'm not a politician -- I just want to bring a message of peace. In every place I perform I see that people want the same thing."
McCartney made a trip to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem Wednesday, bringing his message of peace to Palestine, as well, OneVoice said.