April 13, 2011
Bieber Fever in Israel
Singing sensation Justin Bieber headed to the Holy Land for his world tour -- and brought the fever with him.
From screaming hordes of teenagers to Israeli dignitaries, the pop singer was besieged from the moment he arrived, even running into paparazzi with his scooter while trying to go on a sightseeing jaunt. Watch the video!
The Biebs complained about the paparazzi on his Twitter account, tweeting, "They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous."
He later wrote, "i want to see this country and all the places ive dreamed of and whether its the paps [paparazzi] or being pulled into politics its been frustrating."
The last comment may refer to the speculation Bieber was to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"We were approached by Justin Bieber's people about a meeting with the Prime Minister and Mr. Netanyahu was open to it," a spokesman told ABC News. "[Netanyahu] had an idea, he'd bring a number of youngsters that have a difficult time in bomb shelters over the past few weeks and bring them to an event that would be for them a fun occasion."
But the meeting did not happen, with the Prime Minister's office saying, "Unfortunately, it proved impossible."
A spokesman for Bieber told Associated Press that a meeting was never planned. Another told the New York Times that children from the Sderot area, often targeted by missiles, had been invited to Thursday night's concert.