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Ariel Sharon Meets With Whitney Houston

Aired May 27, 2003 - 20:58   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: One more celebrity item to mention this evening.
A high-level meeting took place in Jerusalem today, a meeting that just might determine the future of the peace in the Middle East. But probably it won't. Just what when you thought....

COOPER (voice-over): Whitney Houston...

COOPER: Oh, let's take a look at this.

Do we have it?

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER (voice-over): Whitney Houston and her husband, Bobby "Sweating" Brown met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem.

As photo-ops go, it was down right weird. Sharon seemed confused. The security guards, they seemed confused as well. And Houston definitely -- well, she seemed distracted. In fact, she almost wandered off before it began.

Later a confused press corps asked Whitney why she was in Israel and how she liked it. This is what she said:

WHITNEY HOUSTON, SINGER: I love Israel. My land.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

COOPER: Just when you thought peace process could not get any more complicated, now you have Whitney Houston claiming Israel is her land.

Well it turns out Houston is in Israel seeking inspiration for a Christmas album. She's staying with a group call the Black Hebrews, Americans who the Associated Press reports are vegan polygamists who believe they are descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israelites.

Sounds to me like it's going to quite an interesting Christmas album doesn't it?

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