McCartney billed Thursday’s concert as “Friendship First,” saying he’s on a mission of peace for Israel and the Palestinians.

The crowd cheered as the 66-year-old singer performed in Tel Aviv’s outdoor Yarkon Park. Some wore T-shirts with the slogan, “I love Paul.”

While singing “Give Peace a Chance,” McCartney stopped and let the audience sing the chorus alone.

Hundreds of police and private security guards were deployed but a police spokesman said there were no concrete threats against McCartney, and no extraordinary security precautions were taken.