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Israel wants Barbra Streisand to perform for its 60th Independence Day.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, a friend of the internationally renowned Jewish diva, is trying to persuade her to appear at Independence Day celebrations slated for next May, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

The newspaper quoted Peres as saying that he had heard many cantors, “but none who could sing ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ like Streisand.”

Israel further plans to dedicate part of an upcoming Independence Day conference to its ally the United States.

“After 60 years, it’s time to say thanks for being on our side,” Peres was quoted as saying.

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