Monday 18 December 2017

Israeli PM scraps Bieber meeting

Justin Bieber will be performing in Tel Aviv this week
Justin Bieber will be performing in Tel Aviv this week

Tentative plans for a meeting between Justin Bieber and Israel's prime minister have been called off, officials have revealed.

Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the pop sensation's representatives had raised the idea of a meeting and the Israeli leader "was open" to the possibility.

It said Mr Netanyahu wanted to bring in youngsters from southern Israel, whose communities have come under attack by Gaza militants, but that proved unfeasible.

Ronit Arbel, an Israeli spokeswoman for Justin, denied the reports. She said there were never any plans - or even discussions - about a meeting with the prime minister.

But on Twitter the Baby singer acknowledged the difficulties of Israeli photographers and the country's diplomatic minefield.

"I want to see this country and all the places I've dreamed of and whether its the paps or being pulled into politics its been frustrating," he said.

The 17-year-old, who arrived in the country on Monday and is performing in Tel Aviv on Thursday, also complained that Israeli photographers have been pursuing him when he visited holy places.

He tweeted: "They should be ashamed of themselves."

Press Association

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