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Let me out. Bieber arrives at Tel Aviv hotel Photo: Anat Mosberg
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Bibi-Bieber meeting called off

Canadian teen pop sensation lands in Holy Land ahead of Thursday's concert. Planned meeting with PM Netanyahu canceled 'due to singer's refusal to meet with Gaza vicinity children'

Ran Boker
Latest Update: 04.12.11, 23:18 / Israel Culture

Canadian teen pop sensation Justin Bieber arrived in Israel early Monday ahead of his Tel Aviv concert.

 

Bieber, 17, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport at 3:15 am after visiting Milano and making a short stop in Frankfurt.


 

Won’t give up on coke (Photo: Anat Mosberg)

 

The teen idol arrived in the Holy Land with his family members and a significant number of crew members and security guards, and is currently staying in a hotel in Tel Aviv.

 

He originally booked four different hotels in Tel Aviv and one in Jerusalem in order to escape his fans.


Going out for dinner (Photo: Yoni Yuvali)

 

After spending the morning in his hotel room, the singer visited a Tel Aviv beach with his parents and crew members, played the traditional "matkot" (paddleball) game, rode a motorcycle and had a late lunch.

 

In the evening he put on a white jacket, a tie and a pair of jeans and went out with his family for dinner at a restaurant near the beach.


Attacked by screaming fans outside hotel (Photo: Yoni Tuvali)

 

Bieber, who will perform at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park on Thursday evening, is expected to stay in Israel until Saturday evening.

 

Throughout the week he is planning to tour Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Bethlehem, and was even supposed to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the meeting was eventually canceled Tuesday evening. According to Channel 2, Bieber's refused to have children from the Gaza vicinity participate in it.

 

Sources in the singer's production team claimed that a meeting between Bieber and Netanyahu was never scheduled in the first place.

  

"It's a dirty trick, no meeting was planned. We received a request from the Prime Minister's Office to meet with Justin Bieber, and immediately afterwards the reports said that Bieber had asked to meet with the prime minister. The meeting was canceled today after we decided that there would be no political meetings."

 

The Prime Minister's Office said in response, "We received a request from Bieber to meet with the prime minister. Netanyahu asked to have children from the south attend the meeting in order to encourage them and create a PR effect. The prime minister does not see this as a political issue."

 

 

First Published: 04.12.11, 08:29

 

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