Netanyahu Hosts Mariah Carey at Prime Minister’s Residence

US pop star Maria Carey met Sunday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, during her visit to Israel with her boyfriend, Australian entrepreneur James Packer. 

The pair were hosted by the PM, along with his wife Sarah, for dinner at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office described the meal as "warm and familial," and said Carey shared photos of her four-year-old twin son and daughter, who were unable to attend the meal due to the late hour. The Netanyahus also shared old family pictures of their two sons – Yair and Avner – from during the PM's first stint between 1996-1999.

The pop diva apparently hit it off with the prime minister's formidable wife Sarah, expressing her admiration at the latter's continued work as a child psychologist, alongside her various responsibilities as Israel's "first lady."

Carey also told of her visit to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, where she said she told her daughter to "remember the day we visited this important place."

Carey and Packer's visit to Israel – which includes visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea – is their latest stop on a Mediterranean cruise, rumored to be a "pre-engagement" trip.

According to the TMZ celebrity gossip magazine, at Packer's insistence, the couple will meet with an unnamed Israeli "spiritual leader" whom Packer is well acquainted with, before officially proposing to the superstar singer.

Packer, the fourth richest person in Australia, has lately been expanding his business into Israel and is a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. 

In April, his business partner, Hollywood producer Brett Ratner, said at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards that Packer had purchased a home in Caesarea next to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and had acquired Israeli citizenship.

Packer, who is not Jewish, was described by Ratner as the "first non-Jewish Zionist in history" – not necessarily an accurate statement, but underlining his apparent love for Israel nonetheless.

While Packer's office denied the claims, Packer has proven his interest in Israel, telling The Australian several weeks ago that this "trip has strongly reinforced my view of the investment opportunities and incredible tech ecosystem in Israel."

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197425

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