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Israeli Editor Says He 'Could Kiss' Bruce Springsteen’s Guitarist for Calling Out ‘Ignorant Obnoxious Idiots’ on Twitter

"Discrimination of any kind is unAmerican. And I Am A Patriot."

Bruce Springsteen, left, and Steven Van Zandt perform in concert with the E Street Band during their “The River Tour 2016” at the Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Baltimore. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)\n

Steven Van Zandt, the actor and musician most famous for his work with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, drew love from the editor of the Times of Israel after smacking down Israel boycotters as “politically ignorant obnoxious idiots.”

Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz declared in a Tuesday op-ed, “Little Steven, I could kiss you,” using Van Zandt’s nickname.

Bruce Springsteen, left, and Steven Van Zandt perform in concert with the E Street Band during their “The River Tour 2016” at the Royal Farms Arena April 20 in Baltimore. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Van Zandt’s Twitter exchange started Monday when a North Carolina-based fan called his state legislature “backwards” over the new law that requires people to use public bathrooms that line up with their biological sex. Springsteen last month canceled a concert in Greensboro to protest the law.

Van Zandt — known also for his acting work in "The Sopranos" and more recently "Lillyhamer" — said the band would “be back” in North Carolina after they “had to take a stand” against discrimination.

Another commenter seemed to accuse Van Zandt of hypocrisy, writing, “Yet you tour and support other countries which do much worse. You only hurt your fans.”

Van Zandt replied, “That's different. They are not OUR country. We are Americans. America is supposed to be better. To set an example.”

When another fan told him to “quit justifying” and hashtagged the exchange #hypocrisy, Van Zandt wrote, “Ok a**hole it's time for you to go f*** yourself. Justify that.”

After being called a “progressive,” Van Zandt wrote, “I am an Independent. Not progressive not conservative. Not democrat not republican. Logic and Reason win everytime.”

The conversation then veered into “Sun City,” Van Zandt’s 1985 song protesting South African apartheid.

A user whose Twitter bio describes him as “one issue human rights for Palestine people” wrote:

Van Zandt called him and other Israel boycotters “politically ignorant obnoxious idiots.”

Van Zandt explained in several tweets that the situation in Israel was more “complicated” than South African apartheid.

“’Complicated.’ Little Steven, I could kiss you. Yes, it is complicated. Complicated. Complicated. Complicated,” wrote Horovitz, the Times of Israel editor.

“Most of us don’t want to rule the Palestinians. We don’t want to send our kids to the army, to risk their lives in conflict with the death cult Islamists. But our country is nine miles wide at its narrowest point,” Horovitz wrote.

“This region, with Hamas and Hezbollah and Islamic State and that terrifying regime in Iran, is hostile and ruthless. We are strong in our imperfect, gutsy little democracy, we’re defiant, we’re hanging in there. But meeting the challenges we face is complicated,” Horovitz added.

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