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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Martha Stewart winds up Holy Land trip

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American lifestyle guru Martha Stewart left Israel after visiting for six days as the guest of the Ministry of Tourism.

Stewart accompanied by her nephew musician Chris Herbert arrived in Israel last Thursday and during her visit attended the wedding of the daughter of Israel Museum's director and toured the country.

Prior to her departure she met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah. During the meeting Stewart and Netanyahu sent a text message from their mobile phones voting for the Dead Sea as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Before arriving in Israel Stewart tweeted about her preparations saying despite the hurricane life must go on and that she was planning a wonderful trip to Israel.


Martha Stewart to visit Israel, back Dead Sea world-wonder bid

Tourism Ministry invites American lifestyle guru to travel through Masada, Galilee, and Tel Aviv; Stewart’s trip comes after a two-week visit in 2010.

Despite the fact that the coming month appears laden with the threat of potential diplomatic turmoil as well as social unrest, lifestyle guru and all-around mogul Martha Stewart has confirmed she will be visiting Israel as soon as later this week.

In a tweet on Stewart’s official Tweeter page on Monday, the one-person empire wrote in the wake of Hurricane Irene: “Despite the horrible hurricane, a life must go on. Planning a wonderful trip to Israel!”

On Tuesday Stewart's page already displayed a photo of herself holding a map of Israel with Israeli official Haim Gutin and Geoffrey Weill, President Weill Associates, with the caption “planning my trip.” Another tweet informed her readers that her nephew was planned to come along for the trio, saying: “He speaks fluent Arabic and a bit less fluent Hebrew - great for me!”

Stewart’s trip, organized and funded by Israel’s Tourism Ministry, will take the lifestyle high priestess to Masada, the Galilee, Tel Aviv, as well as the Dead Sea, where she is expected to support the Dead Sea’s candidacy to be included as one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

The expected visit isn’t Stewart’s first such foray into the holy land. She made a two-week long visit to Israel in May of last year. Writing in her blog following her return, Stewart wrote of “two amazing weeks in Israel, truly one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes I've ever seen.”