Paula Abdul And President Shimon Peres

Song and dance superstar Paula Abdul arrived in Israel yesterday for her first-ever vacation in the Holy Land. Within 24 hours of her El Al jet touching down from Los Angeles, she had dined in a hip Jerusalem restaurant, hugged shoppers in the capital's Mahane Yehuda Market, toured the Israel Museum and had been received by Shimon Peres, President of Israel, at his official residence. And that was just Day One.

President Peres to the international star Paula Abdul: "We're very glad to see you here". "During the next ten days Paula will climb Masada, float in the Dead Sea, tour the Galilee, shop in Tel Aviv and attend the city's 'Gindi Fashion Week,'" says Haim Gutin, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North and South America, who invited Abdul on the trip to Israel, "but the highlight of the trip will be later this week when she celebrates her Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem." Commenting on the upcoming ceremony, President Peres told the 51-year-old star, "I have had a Bar Mitzvah, and you haven't, so you have something to look forward to!"

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