"It's been 16 years since I played in Israel. I'm sorry about that, I shouldn't have stayed away so long," the Jerusalem Post quoted her as saying during the show on September 1. She continued: "Israel is the energy capital of the world. If we can live together in harmony in this place, we can live in peace all over the world."
The singer paraded with an Israeli flag during the gig and went on to stun all with choreography, props and elaborate visuals. Madonna was said to share a special bond with the Jewish state as a devout follower of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah.
The megastar has apparently taken on a Hebrew name, Esther, and has made private pilgrimages in 2004 and 2007. She recently visited the Western Wall during her stay and dined with Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni. The entertainer will wrap up her tour with a final concert at Hayarkon Park on September 2.