Madonna kicked off her world tour in Israel last night and found time to play international peace advocate with her own prescription for peace in the Middle East.
She stopped her concert to lecture Israelis and Arabs in the audience, who have lived through the strife for likely all of their lives.
“I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason. As you know the Middle East and conflicts that occur here and have been occurring for thousands of years… They have to stop,” she told the crowd to tepid cheers.
“You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world,” she continued.
Madonna found one commonality between everyone in the room. She proclaimed everyone “sons and daughters of the universe.” Oh… and “we are all human beings.”
Madonna, who practices a mystical branch of Judaism, urged the audience to “rise above our egos, and our titles, and the names of our countries and the names of our religions.
“If we can rise above all of that and treat every human being with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace,” she said.
“If there can be peace here in the Middle East, then there can be peace in the whole world.”
If only it were that simple. Check out her speech below: