Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019
Israel is hosting the popular Eurovision song contest just over a week after the deadliest clashes with Gaza in years. This presents a test of the country’s attraction as a tourist destination amid a period of volatile relations with Palestinians.
This year’s Eurovision contest started Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. The event is meant to mark an important step in Israel’s mission to become more than just a destination for pilgrims and Holy Land tourists. Instead, Israeli officials want to highlight its beaches, nightclubs and trendy hotspots.