Madonna. Respecting Shabbat
Photo: AFP

Queen of Pop lands in Israel

Madonna arrives in Tel Aviv, immediately launches into exercise to avoid cameras. Until her concert, she plans on visiting tombs of righteous rabbis and touring Jerusalem. Pop diva orders preparations for her concert not to be carried out on Saturdays in honor of Sabbath

Madonna's visit to the Holy Land is underway. Just after 2 am Sunday, the American performer's private plane landed at Ben-Gurion Airport, depositing Madonna and her children on the tarmac. Within just minutes, the highly-secured entourage of four cars left for her hotel in Tel Aviv, where fans and media awaited.

Is that you there in the back? (Photo: Yaron Brener)


In a fantastic media-avoiding display, the cars veered off in different directions in order to throw the media off the pop star's trail. Madonna's car and one other identical one arrived at the David Intercontinental Hotel, where the star was whisked into the hotel directly from the parking lot.

Or are you here? (Photo: Yaron Brener)


Madonna is in Israel for two concerts to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday that will close out her Sticky and Sweet tour.


During her visit, the singer and he children plan on visiting the graves of righteous rabbis in Safed. They also will visit the Jerusalem's Old City and the Western Wall. The sightseeing will apparently take place over the course of Sunday and Monday.

Have a good trip (Photo: Yaron Brener)


Friends and celebrities close to Madonna are reported to visit Israel in the coming days to see the last shows on her tour. Madonna reportedly invited about 100 personal guests to stay with her at the beachside hotel and to visit Jerusalem with her.


Preparations for her two concerts continue full force ahead at Yarkon Park. Alongside a tent complex erected for her comfort, the international and Israel team are busy constructing the stage. Work on the set was not done on Saturday at the request of the pop diva so as to avoid desecration of the Sabbath.


פרסום ראשון: 08.30.09, 14:41
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