Singer Amir Benayoun responded Tuesday after a show he was scheduled to play at the President's Residence was canceled because of an anti-Arab song he released earlier this week.
A post on the singer's Facebook page said that "he respects the presidency and loves President Reuven Rivlin truly."
The post defended the song: "We will say again for those who don't understand - Amir wrote a protest song that came from his pain over the recent wave of terrorism. Whether it's good or not is debatable, but we stress: The song discusses violence against Israeli citizens and their pain. There was no intention to incite and violence is not the Jewish way, even if some try to claim that it is. Amir will continue to sing about his love for the country and for the free, democratic people of Israel."