The song contest will attract 20,000 tourists, but will require $7 million in investment, a bigger performance arena and special Shabbat work permits for hotels
The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual international TV contest of all time. Since the inauguration in 1956, the contest has been broadcast every year.
There are over 40 countries eligible to compete, some, like Israel, are not part of the European Union. Each partaking country submits one original song to be performed on live television, and then votes for the other countries' songs to determine the countries winning entry. The winner of Eurovision is determined through two semi-finals.
Traditionally, six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final; this is the "Big Five"- France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with the hosting country of each year. The remaining countries take part in one of the two semi-finals, and from each semi-final, the best ten will proceed to the grand finale, making a total of 26 participants in each grand finale. Then the winner is voted in by the public.
The British musician signed a letter urging a boycott of next year's Eurovision in Israel
BDS, public transportation problems and security issues are sure to keep the municipality and Shin Bet security service busy
Broadcasting union chiefs present Netanyahu with conditions for song contest to be held in Israel ■ Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker urged culture minister, communications minister and tourism minister to respect Sabbath laws if holding the contest in Jerusalem
Politicians in the government seem to live under the illusion that non-democratic measures such as the nation-state law would go unnoticed abroad
Broadcasting union chiefs present Netanyahu with conditions for song contest to be held in Israel ■ Public security minister urges rejection of demands
Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's hit Eurovision tune surpassed songs by artists such as Christina Aguilera and David Gueta and is the first Israeli song to appear in the popular chart
Public broadcaster to secure a bank loan to cover deposit, production costs
The Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation will take out a $13.5-million loan to help cover the cost of hosting the event
In contrast to every Eurovision host country ever, Netanyahu and Israel's finance minister decided that the event in Israel would be funded by the new public broadcaster