The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat has already offered support to host next years Eurovision Song Contest in the city.
Following Netta’s victory last night in Lisbon, Portugal, the Mayor of Jerusalem has already stepped forward to offer his full support for hosting the competition. Should Jerusalem be selected to host the contest it would be the third time that the city has hosted the competition, the last time being in 1999. Nir Barkat explained that;
The city of Jerusalem will grant any help needed in putting up Eurovision 2019 in the capital of Israel and together we will expose the beautiful face of Jerusalem to the whole world.
Jerusalem City Hall has already hinted that their preferred venue for the competition is the Pais Arena which opened in 2014. The venue has a capacity of over 15,000 for music concerts and 11,600 for basketball.
Question marks have been raised about whether the European Broadcasting Union would agree to the competition being hosted in Jerusalem. The city which is one of the most contentious in the world has security and political concerns, while Tel Aviv is seen as a far more open city for hosting the contest.
Netta has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Toy,” garnering 529 points and taking the trophy to Israel on the 20th anniversary of their last win. After eight months of national selections, several weeks of promotional tours, fifteen days of rehearsals and two semi-finals, twenty-six songs competed in Lisbon, Portugal, for the title. The last time Israel won the contest was 1998, when Dana International triumphed with her song “Diva.” They had won two other times before, in 1978 and 1979.
Source: The Times of Israel