By Marian Lebor
December 2, 2009
I’m pleased to see that one of Israel’s lawmakers has his priorities right. Haaretz reports that Yisrael Beiteinu MK Alex Miller believes that the Knesset must be fully involved in the process of selecting the song that will represent Israel in the Eurovision song contest. Miller contends that in view of the "importance” of the contest, and Israel’s modest success in it in recent years, a special parliamentary debate should be held.
Since Israel could only muster 53 points to finish in 16th place last year, when the politically correct duo of Noa, a Jewish Israeli, and Mira Awad, an Arab Israeli, sang the politically correct "There Must Be Another Way" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, Miller is right to describe Israel’s recent achievement in the song contest as below average.
It remains to be seen whether the MK will be successful in his quest to take on the Eurovision challenge in the Knesset, or whether he’ll meet his Waterloo.