Veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand thrilled fans at her first ever concert in Israel by singing the country's national anthem in Hebrew.

The Jewish singer performed her debut gig at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday night (20Jun13) to an audience of 16,000 delighted devotees.

During her two-and-a-half hour set, Streisand admitted playing in Israel felt "special" and "different" because it represented a "very special connection to my roots and my family" and she closed the show by singing the country's national anthem Hatikva, according to

Before singing the special song, she told the audience, "(Hatikva's) deeply moving words are a prayer that suggests that as long as the heart within a Jewish soul still yearns, hope is never lost. So tonight on this very special occasion, I sing this with the continued hope that we may learn from with yesterday (sic), live for today, and continue to strive for a better tomorrow."

The star will play a second night at the stadium on Friday (21Jun13).