Scantily dressed Madonna brandishes AK-47 on stage in Israel

Updated: Jun 02, 2012, 17:59 PM IST

Washington: Provocatively dressed Madonna’s fans were in for a shock when the singer pointed an AK-47 rifle at her dancers on the stage in the troubled state of Israel on the first night of her new world tour.

The gig has sparked outrage in the troubled Jewish state, where terror attacks and violent clashes with Palestinians are a constant reality.

The 53-year-old singer pointed the assault rifle and a pistol at her half-naked dancers in a boob-flashing top at the 35,000-seat gig in Tel Aviv.

“Given the problems this seemed tasteless and designed to create controversy,” the Mirror quoted someone as saying.

"It was pretty sick and plenty of the audiences were not impressed with the guns,” the person said.

The Ramat Gan Stadium show on Thursday was the first of her new MDNA tour.

Madonna, who is a follower of Jewish-sect Kabbalah, began the gig in a glass confessional, as a Hebrew prayer was read and then shot her way out with a rifle and burst into her hit Girl Gone Wild.

Later, during Revolver, she brandished the Kalashnikov AK47 automatic rifle, used by modern-day insurgents, while a dancer held an Israeli-manufactured Uzi.

Other outfits comprised of a reprise of her infamous cone bra and a lacy top.

Her 11-year-old son Rocco also joined the singer on the stage.

“If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world,” Madonna told the crowd.