Sir Mick Jagger greeted the crowd in Hebrew as the Rolling Stones took to the stage to play their first ever gig in Israel on Wednesday night (05Jun14).

The veteran rockers defied protesters who urged them to cancel the show in Tel Aviv as part of a pro-Palestinian boycott by performing the gig as scheduled.

The start time had been pushed back to 9.15pm (local time) in the days before the show to avoid clashing with the religious holiday of Shavuot. The concert had previously been scheduled to begin just minutes after the holiday's end at 8.30pm.

Jagger embraced the historic moment as he stepped on stage by shouting "Good evening, Happy Shavuot, Israel" in Hebrew, according to The Times of Israel.

The singer showed off several more Hebrew phrases during the gig.

The bandmembers arrived in the country on Monday (02Jun14) and visited a number of tourist destinations before their big show at Hayarkon Park.