Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does quirky Eurovision dance

Dublin Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha speaks in a conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Dublin Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha speaks in a conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah

It was a night filled with an intense yet exciting voting procedure at the Altice Arena in Lisbon last night, which saw Israel becoming the eventual victor of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Netta and her entry Toy. In the live reveal, it came down to Barzilai and the entry from Cyprus. The fans make Eurovision what it is; the biggest and the most inclusive and open celebration of music in the world. Her song, "Toy", is a strong fit for the #MeToo era, with its expression of women's strength and refusal to be controlled by a man.

The 25-year-old former singer in the Israeli Navy band accompanied her winning performance with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves in an eye-catching and weird performance that is often typical of the Eurovision contest.

The Prime Minister of Israel, quoted a phrase from the story of the Exodus from Egypt: "next year in Jerusalem!", they say that each year during Passover. 'We received another one yesterday evening, with Netta's suspenseful and shining victory.

This was stated by Prime Minister of Israel in his blog on Twitter.

The ancient city is claimed by both Israel and Palestine as their capital, which are locked in a fundamental border conflict. How scary yet you held your head high and did what you do best PERFORMED!

"Netta, you have brought great glory to Israel".

The UK's Eurovision hopeful SuRie was rushed by a stage invader as she performed in the annual song contest.

After her victory on Saturday night, she "celebrated the entire night...and didn't sleep at all".

Others pointed out that Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip were at odds with the singer's message of acceptance and diversity.

Barzilai's win has been dubbed a major setback for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which has been active across social media platforms in the weeks leading up to Eurovision, calling for the voting public to refrain from voting for the Israeli singer.

But because it's Israel, the competition was not free of politics. Israeli broadcaster Gan reported that the show's presenters were instructed to introduce each competing nation with its capital - except for Israel, whose capital was not mentioned, this avoiding controversy over the status of Jerusalem.

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