Israel's most visionary song

Ben Gurion International (Uri Berkowitz) and Angela Ripoff (Claire Straus) host Eurovision night at JW3

Ben Gurion International (Uri Berkowitz) and Angela Ripoff (Claire Straus) host Eurovision night at JW3

Even though one newspaper tipped Mei Finegold as a favourite for last week's Eurovision, her song for Israel didn't even make the final.

But even if politics have reduced the country's prospects in recent years, it still has a creditable record in the competition, having won it three times.

Fans of the event enjoyed a light-hearted look back at Israel’s glory years at a JW3 night in London ahead of
this year's contest.

But in a JW3 audience vote for Israel’s best entry, none of the actual Eurovision winners came out on top: Izhar Cohen’s A-Ba-Ni-Bi (1978), Milk and Honey’s Hallelujah (1979) or Dana International’s Diva (1998).

Their choice was the 1983 song, Chai, sung by Ofra Haza.

    Last updated: 11:38am, May 12 2014