Daily Israel Report

Pop Icon Justin Timberlake Prays at Kotel

Timberlake posts picture of himself at Western Wall on social networks followed by tens of millions, will perform in Tel Aviv tonight.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/28/2014, 9:55 AM

Justin Timberlake at the Kotel
Justin Timberlake at the Kotel
Screenshot, Instagram

American singer and pop icon Justin Timberlake has arrived in Israel for his performance, which will be held Wednesday night at Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv.

Timberlake began his visit with a stop at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem's Old City. The pop star posted a picture of himself praying at the holy site on Tuesday night with the words "The Holy Land... What an experience. I will never forget this day."

The picture on Instagram is made particularly meaningful given the wide exposure of Timberlake's account; the singer has just under four and a half million followers on Instagram.

Timberlake also posted a link to the Instagram post on his Twitter account, which is followed by 32.4 million people.

According to Walla!, Timberlake visited the Kotel along with his parents and his wife, Hollywood star Jessica Biel.

The visit to Israel's capital on Tuesday comes a day before Jerusalem Day, marking the 47th year since the unification of the 3,000-year-old Jewish capital.

One Israeli fan told Arutz Sheva "for a long time there hasn't been a relevant international artist that would cause me to say "so we won't eat for a week, but the ticket is worth the money!'"

The avid fan recounted that Timberlake's parents arrived on Monday, with the singer and his wife arriving on Tuesday morning, and started by heading to Jerusalem.

In preparation for the performance, "I personally have been listening to Justin's hits on a loop for a week already," admitted the excited fan.

Justin Timberlake prays at the Kotel Screenshot, Instagram