Eurovision to go ahead in Tel Aviv amid security concerns
During these last days for the second time in less than two weeks, rockets were fired toward central Israel. With 50 days until the Eurovision kicks off in Tel Aviv, concerns about an escalation during the competition or the possibility of a one-off attack are constantly present.
But both European and Israeli officials involved in the Eurovision song contest, however, are publicly putting on a brave face about the threat of rockets.
For it’s part, the European Broadcasting Union told the Jerusalem Post that safety and security is always of paramount importance for the EBU, and it continues to work alongside KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster organising the musical event, and the appropriate Israeli authorities to safeguard the well-being of everyone preparing for and attending the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Although the contest doesn’t kick off until May, for the past few weeks the 40 contestants who will be participating have been visiting Israel for several days to film their “postcard” clips that air during the competition.
An Israeli communications consultant involved in organizing the postcard-filming visits said that the delegations have no concerns; everything is proceeding as usual but other Israeli sources said that there are no guarantees.