Barbra Streisand has announced that she will pull out of Israel's 60th anniversary celebration next month. Streisand was one of the big-name guests slated to appear at the Jerusalem convention hosted by President Shimon Peres beginning May 13.
The American diva was supposed to perform a rendition of the Hebrew prayer Avinu Malkeinu, or "Our Father Our King." But Peres' office said Tuesday that Streisand has now announced she will not be coming.
A statement from Streisand's Los Angeles publicist Dick Guttman said Tuesday that she was unable to attend the event in Israel due to ''personal obligations'' and had informed Peres' office two weeks ago.
''She celebrates as always the nation's courage and purpose and flourishing democracy and is saddened that she cannot be there to do so in person,'' Guttman's statement said.
Among those scheduled to take part in the convention are Italian designer Giorgio Armani and the Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington.