Britney Spears was reportedly thronged by overeager fans during her visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The pop singer landed in Israel on 2 July before heading for a visit to the holy site where local media claimed that she was "mobbed" by a crowd.
"Hundreds of people jumped on her," a source close to Spears told Ynet News. "It was a huge mess, with hundreds of fans and photographers gathered around her. It was a real 'Israeli celebration'; she didn't stop for an excursion during any other part of her latest tour. This could only happen here."
The 35-year-old paid her respects at the Wall and walked through the Kotel tunnels accompanied by her bodyguards and representatives from the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry.
It was rumoured that Spears was slated to have a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but was reportedly forced to cancel following the raucous outing.
However, the prime minister's office told The Jerusalem Post that no such meeting was ever confirmed and his dinner went on as scheduled.
The Spears-Netanyahu meeting was set to include a visit to interact with patients at a paediatric cancer hospital. However, Spears' team said that she would meet with the children on 3 July and invite them to her concert. The Monday gig at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park will be The Toxic singer's first concert in Israel and is expected to draw in a crowd of over 50,000.
"I've had such an amazing time performing in Asia over these last few weeks!! One final stop in Tel Aviv on Monday!!" she wrote on Twitter last week, following performances in Hong Kong and Singapore.