Israel wins Eurovision Song Contest for fourth time


The 25-year-old, who wore a multi-coloured kimono, fleshed out her performance with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

The win — Israel's first since 1998 and fourth overall — means it will host next year's contest.

"People need to judge Israel as a whole country, not only by the security and political situation, but as a place with so much culture and creative individuals", he said. Many Israelis see it as proof that the Jewish state can overcome those seeking to boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians. Eurovision Song Contest performance, life satisfaction and suicide.

Israel's singer Netta Barzilai celebrates with the trophy, after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, on May 12, 2018. At a short press conference held alongside the plane, Barzilai said: "This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country. Next year in Jerusalem!" wrote Netanyahu on Twitter to Netta.

Thousands came out in Tel Aviv in Rabin Square to celebrate Saturday night after the victory, while hundreds came to celebrate in the Mahaneh Yehuda Market in Jerusalem. "Next time in Jerusalem!".

It had been considered impossible with the anti-Israel sentiment/policy in Europe for Israel to get enough top votes to win, no matter how good the song/performance. The government is also relishing in Trump's warm embrace, his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his nullifying of the nuclear deal with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.

Netanyahu referenced Barzilai again in a speech Sunday morning, saying: "These days Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts". 'We received another one yesterday evening, with Netta's suspenseful and shining victory.

From Semester 2 this year the University of Melbourne will offer a subject called Eurovisions (EURO10002).

The track by Barzilai, whose stage name is Netta, is about female empowerment and was inspired by the #MeToo movement, she has said.

This annual pageant of novelty pop songs, outlandish costumes and sugar-coated nationalism is judged by in-house juries from each participating country and by viewers watching at home.

"It's so fun that you chose something different".

As Netta's victory coincides with the celebrations in remembrance of Israel's 70th anniversary as an independent state, the party witnessed an exuberant crowd, warmed up by DJ Dalit Rechester.