After meeting with President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ended his trip to the United States by visiting with a musical dignitary of so

After meeting with President George W. Bush and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ended his trip to the United States by visiting with a musical dignitary of sorts -- the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

The prime minister and Jackson chatted Wednesday night at a reception for Sharon at the home of Israel businessman Benny Shabtai. The two were introduced by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, with whom Jackson formed the Heal The Kids charity.

"The prime minister was very gracious, it was a very nice visit, and they had a good rapport," Boteach told the Associated Press. The rabbi said he set up the meeting because he and Jackson may travel to Israel for their charity this summer to promote peace.

"Maybe building grass roots trust between children of Arabs and Jews can foster peace and harmony," he said.

In the meantime, the pair will travel to Newark, N.J., on Sunday (March 24), where they will take approximately 250 kids and their parents to the movies to promote the idea of family time, Boteach said.

However, don't expect to see Jackson's two children there. "Michael's kids would come, but the press... he has to shield them from the paparazzi," Boteach said.

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