Knesset amends broadcaster law to keep Israel eligible to host 2019 Eurovision

Legislation reversing the deliberate division of the general public broadcaster into two  separate entities was unanimously handed by the Knesset late Monday, making certain that Israel might be eligible to host the Eurovision Song Contest subsequent yr.

All 54 lawmakers current in the course of the late-night session voted in favor of the measure amending a 2014 law that might have cut up the information division from the leisure division on the Kan public broadcaster.

The textual content of the modification famous the measure was so as “to remove possible implications” on the power to host the 2019 present, a proper Israel earned after entrant Netta Barzilai gained this yr’s Eurovision along with her tune “Toy.”

The amended laws comes weeks after organizers on the European Broadcasting Union reportedly warned Israel that if Kan’s information and non-news divisions have been cut up into separate entities, it may very well be disqualified from internet hosting the competitors.

Under EBU guidelines, the general public broadcaster in every taking part nation should have a information division connected.

In 2014, the Knesset handed laws that dismantled the Israel Broadcasting Authority and reestablished it as Kan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pushed onerous for the laws to require Kan’s information division to perform independently.

But Kan’s information division was by no means cut up off. In May 2017, the High Court of Justice issued an injunction stopping the cut up whereas the law underwent judicial evaluation, briefly placing the information division again into the fingers of Kan.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R)and Culture Minister Miri Regev within the Knesset on February eight, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Last month, Netanyahu stated his authorities would observe the rules from competitors organizers, showing to again off his demand to separate Kan’s information division.

Though there have been issues the law may scuttle the internet hosting of Eurovision, the EBU in June formally named Israel because the host of subsequent yr’s competitors, asserting it had kicked off preparations for the competitors with representatives from Kan.

While the announcement confirmed the occasion will happen in Israel, it left open the hotly debated difficulty of which metropolis would play host.

“As planning for next year’s contest begins, a decision on which city will host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will traditionally be made following a bid process. The Host City is due to be announced, along with the official dates of the two Semi-Finals and the Grand Final, by September this year,” the EBU assertion stated.

Four cities are reportedly vying for internet hosting rights: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat. The contest was hosted in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999.

Culture Minister Miri Regev has beforehand declared that Israel shouldn’t host the occasion in any respect if it’s not held in Jerusalem, after European organizers reportedly expressed misgivings over the location as a method to politicize the present.

The EBU has stated it has no difficulty with the present being in Jerusalem, as long as the town is chosen by means of a honest bidding course of.

Jerusalem will not be acknowledged as Israel’s capital metropolis by a lot of the worldwide neighborhood, which maintains that the town’s standing needs to be decided between Israel and the Palestinians by means of negotiations. Palestinians declare the japanese a part of the town because the capital of their future state whereas Israel sees the united metropolis as its everlasting capital.

Some concern holding the Eurovision in Jerusalem may improve stress on artists or nations to boycott the competition.

Last month Regev’s insistence on holding a deliberate soccer match between Israel and Argentina in Jerusalem was cited as a foremost think about its cancellation, and raised fears that related stress to find the Eurovision contest in Jerusalem may increase anti-Israel boycott efforts.

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