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Justin Bieber's eight million Twitter followers got some disappointing news on Tuesday: the 17-year-old superstar announced that he was temporarily signing offline.

"I'm just excited at this point to get on stage and perform," he wrote during a trip to Israel. "Gonna take a little break from Twitter and enjoy this time with my family until then."

Bieber made the announcement only hours after paparazzi caused him to retreat to his hotel rather than visit Israeli monuments. He lamented: "You would think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places. All I wanted was the chance to walk where Jesus did here in Israel."

"[I've] been super frustrated and just needed some time to vent and chill," he added.

But shortly after saying goodbye to the microblogging site, Bieber retweeted fans' tweets and then seemingly acknowledged his early return to Twitter: "Patience is a virtue."