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Israel's Broadcasting Corp. to decide on Eurovision, thus ruling out political involvementA discussion on the matter was held by Prime Minister Netanyahu, without Sports and Culture minister Regev.
Eurovision drama still goes on as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference discussion last Friday, deciding that there will be no government involvement in the competition. The discussion concluded that only Kan, Israel's public broadcasting corporation, should decide on the matter and will work with the European Broadcasting Union to organize the song competition.
Israeli Sport and Culture minister Miri Regev was left out of the conference discussion Netanyahu held, which included Finance minister Moshe Kachlon, Communications minister Ayoub Kara and Attorney General of Israel Avichai Mandelblit. The discussion was held following the cancellation of the Argentina-Israel national teams soccer match, which was attributed to the government's involvement with the event.
In addition, Channel 20 News reported that the government will not insist that the event will be hosted in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold another discussion over the Eurovision matter regarding the contest's budget, which is estimated in 50-60 million Israeli New Shekels. This amount has to be deposited to the EBU's use, as a "trust fee", and could be redeemed if Israel cancels the event for any reason.
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