"We're very glad to see you here, it's meaningful and is an opportunity to look at this beautiful country with its long past and great future"
Paula Adbul to President Peres:
"I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude to be here, I've wanted to come for years"
"Everyone told me you're so sababa and it's true"
The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, met this morning with international singing and dancing star, Paula Abdul who is visiting Israel as a guest of the Ministry of Tourism. President Peres and Paula Abdul met at the beginning of her visit to Israel during which she will tour Israel's sites including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and northern Israel and learn more about Israeli society, fashion, dance, theater and music.
Paula Abdul thanked President Peres for his warm welcome and said, "I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude to be here, I've wanted to come for years. My career took me many places and this is my first vacation in almost eight years that I'm actually here to sight-see like a regular tourist. My family were here and they were crying, overwhelmed with joy that I'm here. It's such an honor, I know already when I have to leave I won't want to." During the meeting Abdul asked to see photos of the president's grandchildren and hear more about life in Israel. She said to President Peres, "Everyone told me you're so sababa and it's true"
President Peres welcomed Paula Abdul to Israel and said, "We're very glad to see you here, it's meaningful and is an opportunity to take a good look at this beautiful country with its long past and great future." President Peres added that he is sure she will feel the warmth and love of the people of Israel, "I am sure that wherever you go you will feel the warmth and love of the people of Israel, you will feel at home here."
Yosef Avi Yair Engel, Office of the President
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