People protest against Israel's inclusion in Eurovision / Lehtikuva
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) remains silent on whether Israel will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Amidst this uncertainty, Israel has signalled its intent to withdraw if the EBU decides against Eden Golan's entry, "October Rain."
Outi Hakola, a researcher specializing in media and pop culture, suggests that disqualifying the song could defuse current tensions. "It would offer many parties a way out of this difficult politicized situation," Hakola explains. Echoing this sentiment, Janne Mäkelä, a cultural history researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki, posits, "Rejection would allow Israel to withdraw from the contest without losing face. I suspect this is the outcome we will ultimately see." Mäkelä also entertains the slim possibility of Israel proposing an alternative entry, though he doubts this path will be taken, viewing it as a matter of national honour for the country.