In a newly launchedFacebook page, Israeli fans of U.S. pop megastar Madonna are pleading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hold off any such plans to strike Iran until the Queen of Pop’s planned show in Tel Aviv on May 29.
The group, simply and directly enough was named, “Bibi don’t start a war with Iran until after Madonna’s show on May 29.”
While the, currently relatively unpopulated, Facebook page could seem like a case of dealing with trivialities in the face of all-out war with Iran,” Israeli Madonna fans’ fears are not unsubstantiated, with a distinguished list of artists bailing out on Israeli shows in the last minute over political crises and wars.
In 2006, electro band Depeche Mode famously cancelled its planned show in Tel Aviv during what later became known as the Second Lebanon War, over the production’s apparent inability to convince its technical support team to make the trip.
The U.K. band later made it up to its Israeli fans by opening its 2009 world tour in Tel Aviv.
An earlier, and just as famous cancellation, was the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bailing out of a planned 2001 show during the turbulent events of the Second Intifada.