Steven Tyler at the Western Wall, May 15, 2017.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
"Walk this way – to a Jewish Agency Shaliach [envoy]," said Chairmain of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky. The Jewish Agency for Israel invited Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler to apply for immigration to Israel on Thursday morning, according to an agency press release.
The invitation follows the band's concert in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, which drew around 50,000 fans to the opening of their farewell tour.
"While some believe the Israeli experience entails living on the edge, life in Israel puts one back in the saddle of Jewish history, and we know Mr. Tyler doesn't want to miss a thing," Sharanksy said, in a bevy of lyrical references. "Theodor Herzl said that if you will it, it is no dream. Mr. Tyler no longer has to dream on."
Ahead of their concert, Tyler visited the Western Wall on Monday, and also met US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Tyler's chatter between songs at their show was peppered with Hebrew, and at one point he even joked that after spending five days in the country touring before the show, he was "making aliya."
While Sharansky welcomed Tyler to contact the Jewish Agency about aliya, the press release noted that the agency does not actually have any information to indicate Tyler's eligibility for becoming an Israeli citizen. Jpost.com Staff and David Brinn contributed to this report.