In the lyrics of his new song entitled Israel the former Smiths frontman also accuses unnamed enemies of wanting to instil their own “dark sky” on the Jewish state.
The near six-minute long pro-Zionist ballad is the closing track on Morrissey’s new album Low In High School.
In typically hard-hitting fashion, the singer, who has regularly performed concerts in Tel Aviv, sings: “In other climes they bitch and wine/Just because you are not like them – Israel, Israel”.
Referencing Israel’s critics, he adds: “And they who reign abuse upon you – they are jealous of you as well”.
Elsewhere in the song Morrissey appears to take issue with non-Jewish religious-based criticism of Israel, referring to “virgin priests”, perhaps a nod to his own uncomfortable Catholic upbringing.
Morrissey also attempts to avoid accusations of becoming an apologist for excessive Israeli military actions, suggesting he “can’t answer” for army matters.
Israel is not the only track in which Morrissey deals with Jewish-related themes on the new album.
On a song called The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel, the star pays homage to the theatrical production of the same name based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943.
Morrissey’s positive stance on Israel stretches back over a decade –he once appeared on stage in Tel Aviv draped in an Israeli flag.
I cannot wait to hear these songs!
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