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    Steven Tyler bumps into the new ambassador to Israel at the Western Wall

    Steven Tyler (left) talked with the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, after the two met by coincidence following a visit to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.
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    Steven Tyler (left) talked with the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, after the two met by coincidence following a visit to the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem.
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    The world is a small place. Steven Tyler and the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, bumped into each other on Monday at the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site in Jerusalem. The Aerosmith frontman was in the area for a concert Wednesday in Tel Aviv. Friedman said he had just arrived from the airport and had come straight there to pray, according to the Times of Israel. He later said he prayed for President Trump on the eve of his upcoming overseas trip. The two had a brief conversation, and shortly after, Friedman visited with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, according to Haaretz, thanked him for visiting the Western Wall. “It was a powerful gesture of solidarity,” said Netanyahu. Friedman, who was Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer and friend, was a controversial pick for the post, in part because he’s an opponent of Palestinian statehood and a supporter of Israeli settlements.

    Heather Ciras can be reached at heather.ciras@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heatherciras.