In yet another blow to the failing BDS campaign to delegitimize Israel, Justin Bieber, one of the world’s most popular pop stars, landed in Tel Aviv this morning. Bieber, 17, will be performing a much anticipated show on Thursday. Well, much anticipated but apparently the tickets are still not selling as well as anticipated. The show’s outdoor venue seats 30,000 but there don’t seem to be as many heartsick tween girls in Israel with parents willing to lay out the kind of cash the show’s organizers are charging. The tickets were originally 330 NIS each (about $95) and 110 NIS for an adult chaperone. Now, in response to softer than anticipated demand, the tickets are 240 NIS ($70) and the chaperone ticket is free with the purchase of 2 kiddie tickets.

But don’t worry. The show is sure to be a success, especially with news today that The Schusterman Foundation, The Morningstar Foundation and the ROI Community got together and are sending 700 selected kids from Sderot, Sh’ar Hanegev, Ofakim, Gan Yavne, Yavne and Kiryat Malachi to the Justin Bieber show. Now concert promoter Gad Oron has only two things to worry about, how to fill 29,300 remaining seats and how to avoid a whole mess of Israeli parents and grandparents who are trying to convince him that if their daughter/granddaughter does not get to meet Justin Bieber, the world will end.

In the meantime, Bieber had breakfast this morning at Jaffa’s famous Abulafia bakery. He will also be meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu where the two will be discussing recent developments in the Arab world, the situation in Gaza, prospects for peace and hair grooming tips. OK, that was bullshit, but he really is meeting with Netanyahu. Bieber also plans to tour Chiristian sites in the Galilee, the Dead Sea, Masada, Acre, and Caesaria. No word on Jerusalem though. But that’s fine. I don’t care if you don’t come to Jerusalem Justin Bieber. Beloved of the world’s three monotheistic religions, center of the world, but no, not good enough for you Mr. Justin Bieber. See if I care, Justin. Don’t come. Besides, I hate you Justin Bieber! I hate you, hate you, hate you!!!

No, no I don’t. I love you Justin Bieber. PLEEEEAAAASSSE COME TO JERUSALEM, PLEEEEAAAASSSSE!!!!!! I love you soooooo much, waaaaaaaaaaah!

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  • Justin will also most likely be having a seder in Israel. His mother is really into it. Also, Scooter Braun’s (Scooter is Justin’s manager and mentor) sister is studying med in Tel Aviv, and she will most likely be arranging some food oriented events.

  • I like that. I blog about Israel for some years and get to meet the cab driver who takes me from Ben Gurion to Jerusalem and Justin Bieber gets to meet Netanyahu.

    Okay, okay, I gave it away. Now you know that The Middle isn’t Justin Bieber.

    • If you weren’t anonymous you could meet whoever you liked. Just sayin is all…

  • Just sayin…. but as a poli tician… I would rather meet w/ Justin for a foto opp than a blogger for a blogg – opp. The last tiome a PM met with a blogger, he was told that Net and Yahoo was a silly sounding name

  • Oy. Justin waited his whole short life to visit israel and its holy sites, but now he tweets that he will just stay in his room because the paparazzi will not provide him with a moment for spiritual contemplation. His latest tweet: All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel. #papsleavebiebsalone


    Justin Bieber was scheduled to meet PM Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday

    The PM’s Office has canceled the meeting and photo opp, when Mr. Bieber’s management declined to meet with kids from the areas around Gaza that had been affected by Hamas-fired missiles from Gaza.

    Mr. Bieber’s management is interested in avoiding paparazzi and politics, and prefer to explore the country, its Christian sites, and prepare for Thursday’s concert.

    Word is that the Office of the Prime Minister wanted to leverage the Bieber’s visit by surrounding him with children from Southern Israel and obtaining worldwide publicity on the missiles being fired from Gaza.

  • One question for you: why do you think I care? Icky. Beiber is just icky.

  • SO, nu, ck?

    How did you love the concert?

    Could you hear anything over the screaming Israh-eli girls and their mothahs?

    Did you cry when he sang PRAY?

    Did you see the Schusterman sponsored kids from the South/Negev/Gaza border areas?

    During the encore… when Justin Bieber sang BABY BABY BABY OOOHH… and he brought up Scooter Braun’s grandmother, a Hungarian Jewish Shoah survivor to the stage so he could sing it to her… admit it… didn’t you get teary eyed?

    And how was it to get out of the parking lot after the encore? Did you go out for hummus?

    • I’m still crying from all the excitement. I love Justin Bieber soooooo much!