Krist Novoselic to Eddie Vedder: 'Thank You, I Stand With You, My Friend!'

Nirvana bassist supports vocalist for "speaking up for peace in our world."

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Following Eddie Vedder's anti-war onstage rant and subsequent controversy, as well as the singer's detailed explanation, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic gave fellow musician a massive dose of support for "speaking up for peace in our world."

As reported, Pearl Jam singer delivered a passionate speech against war that was widely interpreted as a shout-out against the situation Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Sharing a word of support, Novoselic noted via official blog, "Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world.

"Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let's face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster! I don't know how many times I have heard the same explanations and excuses and it matters not, there is a continuing catastrophe between those two peoples.

"Our world is connected as never before. People from all corners of the planet share culture and commerce at the click of a mouse. In contrast to this great convergence of humanity, Israel is building tall concrete walls while Palestinians fire rockets over them. There's a shared recent history between these people, and I think there could be a shared future that's more in tune with what's going on with our ever-connected universe.

"Hamas' policy of not recognizing Israel is a dead end. All our lives are a result of the course of history. In other words, one thing leads to another, and our circumstances bring us to where we are. Israel has been a state for over 50 years, and has grown to seven million citizens. Furthermore, Israel is an inclusive democracy with universal human rights. In fact, Arab Israelis, like all its citizens, can vote for parties who hold seats in the Knesset, the national legislature.

"However, if there is to be recognition of the course of history, we cannot forget the demographic changes the idea of Israel has created over 50 years. The influx of people into Israel - mostly Europeans - has displaced some four million Palestinians. You can give any anecdote you want about how small Israel is in comparison to the rest of the Middle East but the sentiment is still there - Palestinians feel that their land was taken away.

"The region is host to the convergence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. It's where these religions started, and the region's extensive history draws from all three of these Abrahamic faiths. Radicals hold eschatological beliefs that, if manifested, could set off a major religious conflict in the region and world. You have to credit Israel for keeping a lid on this dynamic while at the same time granting religious freedom.

"As we've seen with other conflicts, things do and can change. The 'troubles' in Northern Ireland were a result of events a century ago, and after a proactive effort, peace has taken hold. Yugoslavia was another 19th-century idea that when put into practice caused much controversy and conflict. Today we find the south Slavs working to come together in the European Union. In both these cases, a resolution of the conflict was buttressed by the promise of the stability needed for prosperity to happen.

"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/ Palestine.

"Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!" Novoselic concluded.

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    necrosis1193
    That was much more intelligent and well informed than I expected. Kudos to you Mr. Novoselic, well said.
    SleepFan
    He was a politician or something right? I would think he'd be more informed than even Eddie.
    AlexRibeiro333
    He's not professionally a politician, but he's a politician activist, so yes, he has a lot of knowledge on the subject.
    Metallicaloveu
    I wasn't in agreement with Eddie Vedder, and was braced for more of the usual when I read the title of this article, but this is actually spot on.
    JOHNSTONE6
    They said the same thing practically? lol Kris went more into detail sure but still the same.
    Metallicaloveu
    I don't think they have said the same thing. Rather than just bad mouthing Israel like EV did, KN has stated that no party is completely right. Israel needs to defend itself, but in the right way. KN has actually included an acknowledgement that Hamas will not stop until Israel is wiped off the map, not something Israel will happily negotiate with!
    cyclonus
    If musicians have to comment on the fiasco, don't know why they can't be more like Vedder and Novoselic and criticise the feud as a whole as opposed to taking an uneducated and/or biased side like that muppet Rihanna did on Twitter recently. Both sides of the conflict are as bad as each other
    Icky101
    I disagreed with EV cuz he was off the wall just ranting. Krist is much more intelligent and rational in his reaction. I expected another off the wall musician but instead i was pleasantly surprised.
    Sixxstarr
    It's not like eddie was ranting on some big interview...He was on stage and ranted what was on his mind and I'm sure it added a whole other level of engagement in that show
    Desenova913
    Sometimes you just have to rant and yell, can't fault a person when they stand up for something, when no one else, especially those who are SUPPOSED to, don't. Vedder did make a more detailed and controlled post about it on the Pearl Jam site called, Imagine That - I'm Still Anti-War.
    Icky101
    yah i saw but i wasn't impressed. even though i love the musical aspect of pearl jam, ev has always come across me as whiny and entitled (in the sense that what he believes he thinks its completely ridiculous anyone would believe differently and so the world should conform to his beliefs). Even stuff I agree with him on, he just goes about it in a terrible way most of the time. Also no offense towards anyone, and random but peace and brotherly love towards everyone.
    mrsuns10
    I think what needs to be done first is remove Hamas from Gaza and have a convention in Geneva or Camp David
    FenderMaster
    "As we've seen with other conflicts, things do and can change. The 'troubles' in Northern Ireland were a result of events a century ago, and after a proactive effort, peace has taken hold. Yugoslavia was another 19th-century idea that when put into practice caused much controversy and conflict. Today we find the south Slavs working to come together in the European Union. In both these cases, a resolution of the conflict was buttressed by the promise of the stability needed for prosperity to happen . This is why those conflicts were resolved and the Israeli -palestinian conflict has not been. Gaza has been under siege ever since Israel withdrew, there was no path leading to prosperity, and Israel is squarely responsible for this, in fact it's a deliberate tactic in it's efforts to expand it's state and compel the native Arabs to leave as refugees into neighbouring Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Except they can't, because Israel and Egypt closed their borders...