Singing superstar Whitney Houston visited Israeli Prime Minister ARIEL SHARON yesterday (27MAY) as part of her "inspirational" trip to the Middle Eastern nation.

Sharon took time out from preparations for a summit with his Palestinian counterpart YASSER ARAFAT and American President George W Bush to meet the I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY star.

Houston, dressed in a long red robe with white embroidery, told Sharon, "It's home. It's a friendship I've never had with any other country."

Houston, her husband Bobby Brown and their daughter Bobbi Kristina have travelled to Israel to visit the Black Hebrews, an African-American community that moved to the country in 1969 and settled in the southern town of Dimona.

28/05/2003 09:15