The Israeli broadcaster, KAN, has said in a statement that due to the ongoing strike by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Israeli delegation will not attend Eurovision in Turin.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs within Israel has been on strike for some months, over union disputes over working conditions. This has delayed various services handled by the foreign ministry, including security, and this is where the issue lies with Eurovision.
The Israeli delegation, which includes Michael Ben David, who planned to perform “I.M” for Israel in Turin, have decided that they cannot attend the contest in Turin. This is due to the lack of security because of the ongoing strike.
See the below tweet from the KANEurovision account for more:
Therefore, Israel will not participate in this year’s Eurovision at Turin, for the present moment.
Israel at Eurovision 2022
Back in February, Michael Ben David won X Factor Israel with “I.M”, beating runner-up Eli Huli with “Blinded Dreamers” by just one point. Later that month, it was announced that Marvin Dietmann will serve as the artistic director for Michael’s performance in Turin.
Israel were set to compete in the second semifinal of Eurovision 2022 and perform on May 12th in 2nd position.
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