The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has congratulated the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, stating that the contest will be going to Jerusalem next year.
Sunday saw the opening of Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting, but this time with a twist. Opening the meeting, as usual, was Israel’s Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu – who began the meeting with a homage to the country’s latest victory at the Eurovision Song Contest.
“Boker tov” is translated as “Good morning” in Hebrew, however Netanyahu decided to open with a play on words, instead saying “Boker toy” with a nod to the winning Israel entry at Eurovision 2018.
During the opening minutes of the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu continued his speech with further praise towards Netta and her Eurovision win, stating:
These days, Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. We received another one yesterday evening, with Netta’s suspenseful and shining victory. The gift was that Eurovision will be coming to Jerusalem next year, and we are proud to be hosting it.
ראש הממשלה @netanyahu במחווה מיוחדת ל@NettaBarzilai pic.twitter.com/0TJFxPcK16
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) May 13, 2018
Netanyahu partakes in the chicken dance outside the cabinet meeting
Despite the Prime Minister’s latest revelation, it is currently unknown as to where the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held. However looking back at the history of Eurovision, both times Israel has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest has been in Jerusalem, both in 1979 and 1999.
Saturday saw Israel earning their fourth victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, with Netta bringing home the trophy for her entry Toy.