The Israeli national broadcaster IPBC and the European Broadcasting Union have met this week for the first time to discuss hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Representatives of the European Broadcasting Union have traveled to Israel this week to meet the Israeli national broadcaster, IPBC to discuss the hosting of next years Eurovision Song Contest. No details have been revealed from the meeting, however the EBU released a statement to Eurovision.de, commenting;
Like every year, at this early stage after the previous Song Contest, the preliminary scope and the next steps are discussed and mutually clarified. The EBU is pleased to announce an open and positive dialogue with Kan, and looks forward to meeting the team at the EBU offices in Geneva next month.
When asked by Eurovision.de about the security challenges of Israel hosting the competition, following clashes earlier this month on the border with Gaza, Jon Ola Sand stated;
Each year, the competent authorities sign an agreement with the EBU to ensure that a number of important expectations are met, including the safety of all who attend the Eurovision Song Contest For 20 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has taken place in 17 different countries, including Israel, with some of them facing specific challenges.
Following Israel’s victory in Lisbon, there has been a strong push for Jerusalem to host next years contest. Eurovision.de questioned whether if Israel wished for the contest to be held in Israel and security could not be guaranteed, would Israel be unable to host. The EBU responded by saying;
The EBU will be discussing with KAN (IPBC) next month. Decisions about the host city, venue and dates for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be made in due course.
Citing a meeting last week between the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and the European Broadcasting Union, Maariv reported that the EBU has stated they are concerned about the ramifications of Jerusalem hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The EBU which oversees the competition stating is also reportedly increasingly concerned about the politicisation of the 2019 contest. According to Haaretz, the source at KAN states that the EBU “did not care” for the remarks made by Miri Regev and Ayoub Kara about hosting and producing the 2019 contest in Jerusalem. They elaborated that;
The decisions made by Regev and Kara before even hearing anything about hosting the Eurovision are not deemed customary in the eyes of the Union’s officials
Both of the ministers have stated that they wished their ministries to be involved in the production of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Communications Minister Ayoub Kara stated that he would invited Arab states to participate in next years contest. The nations that the Minister named included countries who are ineligible to take part in the Song Contest.