“I am considering my position,” Waters said in an interview. “The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I’m thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.”
Waters last month likened Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza to South Africa’s apartheid policy segregating blacks and whites, which was the subject of an international boycott. “They are running riot,” Waters said of Israel’s government, “and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect.”
Waters said he’s now carefully mulling over his decision because he wants to avoid “some kind of dramatic moment that could very easily blow up and mean that I would, in the long term, have less effect on the outcome.”
Though he’s questioning the wisdom of his call for a boycott, Waters hasn’t changed his belief that the Israeli occupation and their settlements are “an impregnable obstacle to peace,” citing the recent documentary The Gatekeepers, in which six former heads of the Israeli secret service agree that that the occupation was a mistake.
“Assuming that you’re rational and that you care about other human beings, the goal strategically should be a solution of the Palestinian refugee problem, an end to the occupation, security and the right to lead a decent life for all the citizens of Israel,” Waters said.