After visits from Paul McCartney in September 2008, Madonna and Leonard Cohen in 2009 and Elton John last week, concert producers are competing to bring another legendary artist to Israel – Barbra Streisand.
If Streisand decides to come, it will be the most expensive gig in the history of the Jewish State; producers offered the diva between $2.5- 4.5 million for her a single performance.
'Barb' is planning to go on tour next year, and organizers are trying to get her to make a stop over in the Middle East.
The highest offer was submitted by manager Marcel Abraham, who arranged the performances of some high-profile artists, including Elton John, Metallica, and Leonard Cohen.
Among the other producers racing to sign the star is American millionaire and businessman Kobi Sidi. He said that if Streisand takes his offer, he will hold the concert at an open space near the ancient shore town of Caesarea.
Sources in the music industry said Streisand's aides visited Israel recently to negotiate with the different production companies.
Attorney Haggai Stravis, who represents Abraham, said his client "has given Streisand an extremely worthy offer. We are hoping for a positive response."
Barbra Streisand is considered one of the most successful female singers in the history of music, but doesn't take the stage very often. Streisand held her last concert tour three years ago, after a long break, taking in over $100 million.
Producers who tried to get Streisand to perform in Israel during her last tour – but were unsuccessful – hope the generous offers will do the trick this time around.