"Together we will expose the attractive face of Jerusalem to the whole world", he said. In fact, Israel is the only country ever to have won Eurovision and not participated the following year.
But the organisers denied any intentional snub of Jerusalem, which Israel and the United States consider its capital despite the refusal of most of the world's countries to agree. 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". You shouldn't be surprised to know that I had never heard of Netta Barzalai before reading all sorts of negative things on news sites and social media.
So, it was within that context that Israel offered a contestant with a serious chance to win.
He said security forces in Jerusalem were on high alert because of the embassy event but also because of the annual Jerusalem Day march, which includes a nationalistic parade Sunday through Arab neighborhoods in the city, Nakba Day events and, later in the week, the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated Israeli Eurovision win with a chicken dance on his way to a cabinet meeting.
Today is Jerusalem Day, the date on the Jewish Calendar when a large part of our Historic, Biblical Homeland was liberated in the 1967 Six Days War after thousands of years of occupation, most recently by Jordan. 'We received another one yesterday evening, with Netta's suspenseful and shining victory.
Davka, the timing of Eurovision this year is so siyata d'Shmaya, Hand of Gd. This year's competition took place in Libson, Portugal, and the event is hosted annually in the home country of the previous victor, meaning next year it will take place in Israel. Netta has referred to it as a song about women's empowerment, and the message seems to have resonated with fans the song racked up more than 20 million views on Eurovision's YouTube channel even before Saturday night's event. In a statement, Team SuRie said they were "extremely proud of her performance and have decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again". She has been unapologetic about her weight, the loud colors she wears and the funky chicken moves that have become her trademark. Thank you so much for choosing difference, thank you so much for accepting differences between us, [and] thank you for celebrating diversity.
Throughout her 25 years of life, Netta Barzilai was told over and over that she wasn't pretty enough or smart enough or skinny enough to accomplish what she wanted in life.
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