This morning, Israeli broadcaster has shocked everyone by mentioning that as of now they will not be participating at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. The country is set to be represented by Michael Ben David with the song “I.M.
GSS cannot handle the security for Israeli delegation
There is currently a strike at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore this meant that GSS will not be able to handle the Israeli delegation’s security for the contest. KAN has mentioned to MAKO
“We will not be able to take responsibility for the security of the delegation without security on behalf of the State of Israel”
At the time of writing , we have contacted the EBU for a comment in regards to Israel’s participation at this year’s contest.
Israel’s Eurovision Journey
Israel has a long and wealthy history in the Eurovision Song Contest, making their debut in 1973 with Ilanit and “Ey Sham”. Their first entry scored 97 points, placing 4th. Israel has since gone on to win the Contest on four separate occasions – in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018.
Eden Alene returned to represent Israel in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic meant that she was not able to perform in Rotterdam the previous year. Alene scored 93 points and finished in 17th place with her song “Set Me Free”.
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News Source: KAN/MAKO
Photo Source: KAN