Whitney Houston meets Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. She's in the Holy Land visiting the community of ''Black Hebrews''

By Gary Susman
Updated May 26, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown and Ariel Sharon: Gali TIBBON/AFP PHOTO/NewsCom

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took time out on Tuesday from his preparations for his upcoming summit with U.S. and Palestinian leaders to meet with that noted international diplomat Whitney Houston, Reuters reports. ”It’s home. It’s a friendship I’ve never had with any other country,” she told Sharon about her visit to the Holy Land. It’s not clear what advice she had for the prime minister; maybe she was telling him that, if a couple as volatile as Houston and Bobby Brown can get along, then surely there’s hope for the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Houston, Brown, and daughter Bobbi arrived in Israel on Sunday on a trip meant to inspire music for an upcoming Christmas album, the Associated Press reports. They stayed in the southern desert town of Dimona with the Black Hebrews, a 2,000-strong sect of American expatriates who call themselves saints, practice polygamy, and believe themselves to be descendents of the Biblical lost tribes of Israel. ”She is loving it,” Patricia Houston, the singer’s spokeswoman and sister-in-law, told AP. ”She is a spiritual woman and wanted to come here and touch the land and be around the saints of Dimona.” She is also reportedly recording a song with the Black Hebrews, who are reportedly renowned for their choral groups.