Radio host Howard Stern asserted this week that he’s not going to back off from his support of Israel, a position he said “isn't fashionable.”
Stern made the comments during his Tuesday show in which he responded to musician Roger Waters who called Stern an “a**hole” in an interview published Monday in Rolling Stone. Waters is a prominent activist supporting an artistic and economic boycott of Israel.
The radio host pushed back against Waters, saying the anti-Israel activism leaves the impression of anti-Semitism.
"I'm not the only a**hole," Stern said, according to quotes from his show reported by Rolling Stone. "I'm just the only a**hole brave enough to take him on. For some reason, it's become very important to Roger to tell artists where to perform. There's so many countries with histories of abuse and slavery, but he's very focused on Israel. To me, he comes off like an anti-Semite."
Responding to a question about Stern’s sharp criticism of him last month, Waters told Rolling Stone, “You know, I wouldn't waste a single one of my precious breaths on that a**hole, and I just did. That was a waste of breath. Let's move on.”
After Waters appealed to rocker Jon Bon Jovi to cancel his Israel concert, Stern said in October, “Where do you want the Jews to go, Roger? Where do you want them to go? You want them to just go back to the concentration camp? What is it you want, f**khead?”
On Tuesday’s show, Stern continued to bash Waters, saying the Pink Floyd frontman keeps “touring the same 30-year-old album."
"God bless you. I don't have any hatred for you. I don't think I'm an a**hole,” Stern said.
"Defending Israel isn't fashionable, I know," the radio host said.
"It is a tremendous distraction for Arab leaders to say, 'Let's get the Jews, let's get Israel, it's all their fault.' As long as their poor people are focused on Israel they don't wake up and realize who is stealing their money. Their lives aren't getting any better from all this crap, so don't be fooled by Roger and his statements,” Stern asserted.
"I'm not going to call him an a**hole," Stern said. "It's what he believes. I just think he's wrong."