ISRAEL – The Kan public broadcaster has warned that Israel was at risk of losing the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest if it failed to pay a €12 million ($14 million) security deposit within five days, Hadashot news reported.
The heads of the broadcaster reportedly sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Communications Minister Ayoub Kara warning of the threat after the government said it would not increase the corporation’s budget.
Kan warned that if the money was not received within five days it would have to cancel hosting the event, Hadashot reported Wednesday.
In the meantime and during his visit to Malta, Israeli Minister Michal Oren told TVM that Jerusalem is not meeting the EBU requirements for hosting the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest and Tel Aviv most likely will get the job. The city has the resources and also it will avoid any controversies Jerusalem might bring in religious and international aspects.