The Israeli singer Michael Ben David was set to perform his song “I.M” during the second semifinal on May 12th on the Turin stage, but due to an ongoing strike at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael might not be able to attend, KAN warns.
The Israeli broadcaster stated in a tweet that their delegation is facing delays regarding security aspects of their participation and, as of today, they may not be able to travel to Italy.
As of now, due to the Ministry of Foreign affairs strike, that affects the security protocols, the Israeli delegation will not attend the Eurovision in Turin.— KAN Eurovision Israel (@kaneurovision) April 12, 2022
In the event that Michael and the Israeli delegation are not able to travel to Italy, it is possible that they might be able to use their live-on-tape performance instead, as Montaigne from Australia did in 2021. The European Broadcasting Union have yet to comment on the situation.
Will Israel completely withdraw from the contest? Do the words “as of today” leave room for hope to see the singer perform live in a month? Let us know what you think in the comments!