Lady Gaga: White House provided assurances on Tel Aviv’s safety

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lady Gaga said the White House assured her it would be safe in Tel Aviv when the American singer played there earlier this month.

The American singer, who performed Sept. 13 before a crowd of 25,000 at Yarkon Park, told The Associated Press in a weekend interview that the White House “let us know it would be very safe while we were there, and I hope to share that with the world so that they know it is safe to be in Tel Aviv right now.”

She called Tel Aviv her “home while I was there” and said she she “felt a beautiful energy” in the city.

Several musical acts canceled their concerts due to Israel’s conflict with Gaza, including Neil Young, The Backstreet Boys, America and Lana Del Rey.

Lady Gaga performed in Tel Aviv in August 2009, ignoring attempts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to have her cancel.