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ISRAEL EUROVISION SONG FESTIVAL: Last-minute Eurovision deal secures Israel as 2019 host

Israel’s public broadcaster said Tuesday it had resolved a funding dispute that threatened the country’s chance to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, hours ahead of a European deadline.

The country in May won the right to host next year’s Eurovision when Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 contest in Lisbon with a song inspired by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

But a financial dispute between the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (known as Kan) and the Israeli government threatened to derail the plans, with a 12 million euro ($13.5 million) deposit due to the European Broadcasting Union on Tuesday.

State-owned Kan had sought additional government funding to cover the cost, while the finance ministry government insisted it pay from its existing budget.

But Kan radio announced on Tuesday evening that “the Eurovision crisis is over!”

“The broadcasting corporation will today deposit the 12 million euros guarantee for hosting the competition,” it said in a news report.

The guarantee is to cover cancellation of the competition in Israel in the event of circumstances beyond the corporation’s control such as war or natural disaster, it added.

Read more: Last-minute Eurovision deal secures Israel as 2019 host - Al Arabiya English

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