Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney announced on Thursday that he will not come to Israel later this month to receive the Wolf Prize for Music which he was awarded in February.
"It's very flattering and I'm grateful to be chosen for the Wolf Prize for Music this year," McCartney declared, as reported by Haaretz newspaper. "It’s certainly a great honor for me to be included among the greatest artists, creators, scientists and writers of today’s history. But after reviewing my schedule I have to announce that I will not be able to arrive at the date set."
The prestigious Wolf Prize was founded in 1975. It has been awarded in five areas - four in the sciences and one in the arts - in a fixed rotation.
The music prize will be awarded to McCartney and Adam Fischer, a conductor and human rights activist; the Agriculture Prize to Prof. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois for leading the genome revolution in the biology of honey bee populations; the Chemistry Prize to Prof. Makuto Fujita of the University of Tokyo and Prof. Omar Yaghi of the University of California, Berkeley for their contributions to supramolecular chemistry.
Last month, actress Natalie Portman revealed that she would not arrive in Israel to receive the Genesis Prize. The dual American-Israeli citizen said in a statement that she cancelled her arrival upon knowledge that Netanyahu was scheduled to speak at the ceremony.