Israeli Minister Michael Oren has told the Maltese national broadcaster that Jerusalem does not have the resources available to host Eurovision 2019.
During a visit to Malta on behalf of Israel, Michael Oren spoke with the Maltese national broadcaster regarding the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. According to Mr Oren Jerusalem;
does not have the resources and facilities to meet Eurovision
According to Mr Oren it is most likely that the coastal city of Tel Aviv will be selected to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
He added that a decision to allow Tel Aviv to host next years contest would be beneficial in two areas. The first would be that Tel Aviv has the resources and facilities required to host the competition. Furthermore the city is far less controversial than Jerusalem and would avoid trouble that Jerusalem hosting could potentially cause.
This week the Tel Aviv Municipality confirmed that their bid focused on the Tel Aviv Convention Centre. The Convention Centre which is also known as the Fairgrounds, is a complex formed of various pavilions. Pavilion 2 which was completed in 2015 is the cities suggested venue for the competition. It is able to host up to 10,000 people.
Earlier this month the Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv stated that;
Now that the (hosting) criteria have been released and Tel Aviv-Jaffa can officially meet the conditions and host the Eurovision Song Contest, it is clear that this is where competition should take place. Tel Aviv is suitable both in terms of infrastructure, both in terms of number of guests and the possibilities offered them and in terms of being the city cultural center of Israel.