Britney Spears delays Israel elections

The Labour Party's primary election vote clashes with the singer's concert in Tel Aviv

The Israeli Labour Party is moving its primary election in July by a day to accommodate a Britney Spears concert.

Israeli publication Haaretz reports that the pop star is due to perform in Hayarkon Park in north Tel Aviv - adjacent to the planned venue of the Labour vote, the Convention Centre.

A senior party source said that the clash would see Labour struggle to employ an adequate number of stewards at the venue as many would otherwise be employed securing the concert.

Traffic concerns were also highlighted as an issue, with defence minister Amir Peretz telling media: "We put it back one day to July 4th [...] They said there were likely to be traffic jams."

He added that the new date had symbolism for a democratic party.

"American independence day has a lot of messages we can take on board," he said. "The 4th July suits us very well."

The precise location of the primary voting booths has yet to be released. However, party sources assume that, as usual, at least some will be in the Convention Center, where the counting also takes place

Haaretz also noted that a party source said there was “some consideration for the party faithful who want to vote in the primary and then watch Britney do her thing.”

The stop at Tel Aviv is scheduled as part of Spears' tour of Asia.

Spears for President?

Spears has never been one to share her political views - charged or otherwise - barring the occasional tidbit. During the US Presidential election, Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton stopped by her Las Vegas residency show 'Piece Of Me' to grab a picture with the Crossroads star.

The singer obliged, but later removed the hashtag #ImWithHer from the post - not surprising, considering she registered as a Republican in 2001.

She also appeared in a Pepsi ad with Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole that premiered during the Academy Awards in March of the same year.

On the Iraq war and George Bush, she was slightly more vocal. In a CNN interview, she said: “I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.”