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Big Independence Day Bucks for Israeli Pop Stars

Israel’s Independence Day, coming up next week, is a great day of rejoicing for Israel’s celebrities.

Why for celebrities, you ask? Are they the biggest Zionists in the country, the most excited that after 2,000 years of yearning, in 1948 the Jewish People attained political independence.? Er… no — they just make the biggest bucks.

Popular crooner Eyal Golan is getting 160,000 shekels from Acre municipality for a 45-minute show at its public celebration (there are about 3.75 shekel to the dollar, so divide by four to get a ballpark dollar figure). He then zooms off to Haifa where he gets another 100,000 shekels for a few songs.

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Big Independence Day Bucks for Israeli Pop Stars

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