“There was nothing that was going to stop us from being in Israel. Nothing,” said The superstar’s manager, Benny Medina.
Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park was packed on Thursday night with nearly 60,000 people gathered to watch pop icon Jennifer Lopez, aka “J.Lo,” give her first concert in Israel.
Lopez, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday, did six outfit changes during the 90-minute set, and sang both her new and classic hit songs, including “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “I’m Real,” “Dinero” and “Limitless.”
Concert organizers added additional space two days ahead of the show to accommodate the number of fans wanting to attend the sold-out concert, according The Jerusalem Post.
Lopez told the crowd that she loved them multiple times, both in Hebrew and English, and concluded the night by telling the audience, “Tel Aviv, what an amazing night this has been. I want to thank you for coming to celebrate with me. Shalom! I learned how to say this—Ani ohev otcha, which is Hebrew for “I love you.”
The superstar’s manager, Benny Medina, told Israel’s Channel 12 that despite efforts by supporters of the anti-Israel BDS movement to dissuade Lopez from performing in Tel Aviv, nothing would stop the singer from putting on a show for her Israeli fans.
“There was nothing that was going to stop us from being in Israel. Nothing,” said Medina. “It’s really simple. Tel Aviv and Israel deserve Jennifer Lopez, and Jennifer Lopez deserves Israel.”
The “All I Have” singer is making six international stops, with Israel being the first, on her “It’s My Party” tour.