JERUSALEM - Barbra Streisand has pulled out of Israel's 60th anniversary celebration next month because of "personal obligations."
Streisand was among the celebrities set to appear at a Jerusalem convention hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres beginning May 13.
"Ms. Streisand, a devoted supporter of Israel since her earliest youth, very regrettably was compelled to advise President Peres' office two weeks ago that personal obligations would prevent her participation in Israel's 60th anniversary celebration," Streisand's Los Angeles-based publicist Dick Guttman told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "She celebrates as always the nation's courage and purpose and flourishing democracy and is saddened that she cannot be there to do so in person.
The Academy Award-winning actress and singer, who turns 66 Thursday, was to perform a rendition of the Hebrew prayer Avinu Malkeinu, or "Our Father Our King."
Guttman's office added that her health is fine.
The anniversary convention's guest list still includes heads of state such President Bush and technology czars like Google founder Sergey Brin.