A senior source involved in the production of the legendary American singer's concert tours confirmed to the paper that she was preparing a surprise for her Israeli audience: A song or two in the local language.
Watch Streisand sing Israel's national anthem in 1978
Streisand, 71, will give two concerts in Tel Aviv-Jaffa's Bloomfield Stadium, on June 20 and June 22. This will be the first time the Jewish star performs in Israel. Streisand suffered from stage fright for many years and refused to go on concert tours around the world, in spite of her huge popularity.
The visit to Israel is particularly significant as Streisand will be celebrating the 100th performance in her career in Tel Aviv.
A source involved the show's production said the singer was very excited by that fact and was planning a special surprise for the Israeli audience – a song in Hebrew, possibly Israel's national anthem, "Hatikva," which she first sang in 1978.
Streisand is arriving for a particularly long visit. During her 10-day stay in Israel, she will meet with President Shimon Peres, receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and tour the country.