The EBU has warned the Israeli government that the 2019 contest could be moved to Cyprus or Austria.
Formula TV reports that the EBU has warned the Israeli government that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 could be moved to Cyprus or Austria if countries will boycott the contest next year. The Israeli media has reported that the EBU has warned KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster that there is a possibility that Israel cannot host the competition next year.
Haaretz reported that the EBU and the Israeli authorities met in order to discuss preperations for next years competition. It is reported that the EBU told the Israeli authorities: “The contest won’t be held in Jerusalem if countries will boycott the competition next year!”
It is also reported that several countries contacted the EBU in order to tell their disappointment regarding the possible host city (Jerusalem) of next years competition including Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom and Iceland. Many of them told the EBU that they suffer from political pressure and therefore can’t take part if it’s going to be in Jerusalem due to the political conflict of the city with Palestine.
Formula TV reports that the EBU considers Cyprus and Austria as alternatives to host next years competition.
We will have to wait and see how the story developes. The last statement will be made officially by the EBU so stay tuned. Nothing is official yet.