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Israel made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973 as the first non-European country granted permission to participate in the event. The EBU allowed Israel to participate since the country's broadcaster was already one of its members.

Israel showed strong interest in the competition from the very beginning and it paid off very soon; they won for the first time in Paris in 1978 with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta. The Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Jerusalem in 1979 where Israel won the competition for the second time in a row. The voting climax that year was unforgettable: Spain was the last country to cast its votes and at that moment, Spain itself was in the lead, only 1 point ahead of Israel. The Spanish 10 points then caused Milk and Honey's Hallelujah to win, which gave Israel its second Eurovision victory. After the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, Hallelujah became another international hit.

Dana International made headlines around the world in 1998 when she became the first openly trans singer to win the Eurovision Song Contest. The competition returned to Jerusalem in 1999. Dana International returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 but failed to qualify for the Grand Final. Israel has qualified for every Grand Final since 2015.

In 2018, Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth time, with Netta receiving 529 points for her empowering anthem TOY.

 

Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Malmö 2024
Liverpool 2023
Unicorn
Semi-Final
3rd - 127 points
Grand Final
3rd - 362 points
Turin 2022
I.M
Semi-Final
13th - 61 points
Rotterdam 2021
Set Me Free
Semi-Final
5th - 192 points
Grand Final
17th - 93 points
Rotterdam 2020
Feker Libi
Tel Aviv 2019
Home
Grand Final
23rd - 35 points
Lisbon 2018
TOY
Semi-Final
1st - 283 points
Grand Final
1st - 529 points
Kyiv 2017
I Feel Alive
Semi-Final
3rd - 207 points
Grand Final
23rd - 39 points
Stockholm 2016
Made Of Stars
Semi-Final
7th - 147 points
Grand Final
14th - 135 points
Vienna 2015
Golden Boy
Semi-Final
3rd - 151 points
Grand Final
9th - 97 points
Copenhagen 2014
Same Heart
Semi-Final
14th - 19 points
Malmö 2013
Rak Bishvilo
Semi-Final
14th - 40 points
Baku 2012
Time
Semi-Final
13th - 33 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Ding Dong
Semi-Final
15th - 38 points
Oslo 2010
Milim
Semi-Final
8th - 71 points
Grand Final
14th - 71 points
Moscow 2009
There Must Be Another Way
Semi-Final
7th - 75 points
Grand Final
16th - 53 points
Belgrade 2008
The Fire In Your Eyes
Semi-Final
5th - 104 points
Grand Final
9th - 124 points
Helsinki 2007
Push The Button
Semi-Final
24th - 17 points
Athens 2006
Ze Hazman
Grand Final
23rd - 4 points
Kyiv 2005
Hasheket Shenish'ar
Semi-Final
7th - 158 points
Grand Final
4th - 154 points
Istanbul 2004
Le'ha'amin
Semi-Final
11th - 57 points
Riga 2003
Words For Love
Grand Final
19th - 17 points
Tallinn 2002
Light A Candle
Grand Final
12th - 37 points
Copenhagen 2001
Ein Davar
Grand Final
16th - 25 points
Stockholm 2000
Sa'me'akh
Grand Final
22nd - 7 points
Jerusalem 1999
Yom Huledeth
Grand Final
5th - 93 points
Birmingham 1998
Diva
Grand Final
1st - 172 points
Dublin 1995
Amen
Grand Final
8th - 81 points
Millstreet 1993
Shiru
Grand Final
24th - 4 points
Malmö 1992
Ze Rak Sport
Grand Final
6th - 85 points
Rome 1991
Kan
Grand Final
3rd - 139 points
Zagreb 1990
Shara Barechovot
Grand Final
18th - 16 points
Lausanne 1989
Derech Ha'melech
Grand Final
12th - 50 points
Dublin 1988
Ben Adam
Grand Final
7th - 85 points
Brussels 1987
Shir Habatlanim
Grand Final
8th - 73 points
Bergen 1986
Yavoh Yom
Grand Final
19th - 7 points
Gothenburg 1985
Olé Olé
Grand Final
5th - 93 points
Munich 1983
Hi
Grand Final
2nd - 136 points
Harrogate 1982
Hora
Grand Final
2nd - 100 points
Dublin 1981
Halaylah
Grand Final
7th - 56 points
Jerusalem 1979
Hallelujah
Grand Final
1st - 125 points
Paris 1978
Abanibi
Grand Final
1st - 157 points
London 1977
Ah-haa-vah Hee Shir Lish-naa-yim
Grand Final
11th - 49 points
The Hague 1976
Emor Shalom
Grand Final
6th - 77 points
Stockholm 1975
At Ve'ani
Grand Final
11th - 40 points
Brighton 1974
Natati La Khaiai
Grand Final
7th - 11 points
Luxembourg 1973
Ey-sham
Grand Final
4th - 97 points