Justin Bieber's troubled diplomacy in Israel
April 13th, 2011
09:07 AM ET

Justin Bieber's troubled diplomacy in Israel

Justin Bieber has been having a difficult time in Israel.  Since arriving on Monday, he has been mobbed by screaming fans and paparazzi, leading him to tweet:

“They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous.”

and

"i want to see this country and all the places ive dreamed of and whether its the paps or being pulled into politics its been frustrating.”

But the real brouhaha began on Tuesday when it emerged that Bieber's meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been called off. Each side offered a different reason for the change of plans.

Haaretz, a leading Israeli newspaper, cited Israel's Channel Two reporting that Netanyahu canceled the meeting because Bieber refused to meet with children living in communities affected by Gaza rocket fire.

According to the New York Times, Bieber's representatives say the cancellation was called off for logistical, not political reasons.

All of this comes at a characteristically dramatic time for Israel. Last Thursday, a Hamas rocket attack left an Israeli teenager critically wounded.  CNN reports that Israel responded with a series of strikes on Gaza that left at least 18 people dead. The NYT reports about half the dead were civilians.

It's not easy being a young pop superstar in a politically tumultuous part of the world.

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  1. kevin

    Bernini. President Polk did go to war with Mexico over a border dispute in Texas.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply
  2. admiral149

    The Arab states have attacked Israel in all out war twice. Israel beat them back both times. If the Arab states wish not to lose land, then, they should refrain from aggressive war against their neighbor. Of course Israel wants a buffer of land between her and her violent dysfunctional neighbors. Palestinian refugees only exist because other Arab states will not take these people in with the express intention of causing chaos. Israel fought side by side with us in Vietnam, and is our only dependable ally in the Middle East. Israel is a functioning democracy with a functioning economy in that region. I think the Arab States surrounding Israel should spend more time emulating the Israeli democracy, and economy, and less time trying to kill them. Perhaps then there would be peace and prosperity in the whole region.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • Wendy

      Finally, a voice of reason. This is the only well thought out comment on here.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply
  3. Bustinjieber

    What Britney Spears was too busy getting hair extentions to assist Justin on his shuttle diplomacy tour?

    April 14, 2011 at 8:56 am | Reply
  4. What!?!?!?

    Who is this girl?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
  5. Coriolana

    Haaretz is the Israeli Enquirer. Idiots! Any excuse, huh?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
  6. Bubba

    What is that idiot doing over there anyway? Preparing for his presidential run?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  7. awesome

    this girl has a boy name

    April 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  8. URIdiots

    Way too many morons on this thread accusing Israel of stealing land. Go back to bible school, unless of course you're an athiest. The land was "given" to them in rhe first place by God, when he used Moses to lead his "chosen" people "their land". Which of course they lost. But it was given back to them after WW2. England won the land after defeating the Ottoman Empire, and gave the land to the Jewish state officially by UN recognition on May 14, 1948. Actually the promised land promised to Abraham from God's covenant runs from the Mediterrainean Sea on the West to the Euphrates River on the East with a Northern boundary of Palestine at Hamath 100 miles North of Damascus to the Southern boundary at Kadesh, 100 miles South of Jerusalem. I guess by those standards that means they have property rights that they aren't even taking. Imagine America giving away New England territories to the East, and everything West of the Rockies. Because the Native Americans and Mexicans needed somemore land to call their home. Now imagine them still wanting more land and lobbing rockets Missouri or Pennsylvania, into buses and trains and neighborhoods, to kill innocent women and children. Would we sit by and watch or go in after the violators? Israel is not the problem here bigotted Musims are. Actually the country behind almost all violence in the Middle East is Iran. So rag on them for a while, quit being do damned ignorant, that you don't truly know the facts, or where to look for them, or just shut the hell up!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  9. Izzisgirl

    Geoff . . . he's saying "TAKE PICTURES while I eat, but NOT while I pray".

    April 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
  10. Ricky

    John McCain gave us Sarah Palin, Usher Raymond gave us Justin Beiber.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  11. karen

    hi every one i guess we are gonna have a lesson in here..you are gonna followed my rules or you are gonna be tired of me.1. if you dont like justin bieber then just dont open youre mouth an keep it closed if you stupid people cant keep youre mouth close then put taip. you know i am karen an 11 years old and i know you just laugh about it because you thik that is stupid to listeng a little girl say youre life is gonna be bad but guessthat it is so please ohh and i mean by please you are gonna follow the rules no comments about justin bieber and if there is one then you better wach out......you dont want to get hurt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply
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    April 17, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  13. Amanda

    i'm confused....Why was he going to meet the Prime Minister anyway? is he planning on a political career in the near future??

    April 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
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