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Government Will Not Interfere With Eurovision Host City Selection

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Ministers have agreed not to interfere with the selection of the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Following concerns from the European Broadcasting Union about political interference in next years Eurovision Song Contest, Benjamin Netanyahu and senior Israeli Ministers have agreed in a conference call last week that they will not get involved in the bidding process that will decide which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Channel 20 reports that Mr Netanyahu spoke with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Communications Minister Ayoub Kara and Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, with the decision not to interfere also passed on to Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. Ms Regev caused controversey last week when she stated that if the contest was not held in Jerusalem then Israel should not host the competition at all.

Haaretz reports that the European Broadcasting Union has no issues with Jerusalem hosting next years contest, as long as the city is selected through a fair and transparent bidding process. The municipal government of Jerusalem, has been making preliminary preparations for hosting, such as drafting up plans for Teddy Stadium and offers of support from the mayor of Jerusalem.

Israel’s plan to host Eurovision has courted some controversy, from IPBC’s status as an EBU broadcaster and concerns over boycotts. Problems have also arisen even within Israel, such as religious authorities’ concerns over the Shabbat. To date the following cities have expressed an interest in hosting next years contest;

Source: Haaretz

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