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Eurovision Song Contest associated with increase in life satisfaction

Eurovision Song Contest associated with increase in life satisfaction

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Netta and indicated that the festival next year will be hosted in Jerusalem.

And President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, "We're proud of you". He replaced the Hebrew phrase for good morning, "boker tov", with "boker toy" in reference to the winning song called Toy. This controversial day in the Israeli calendar marks the date that the whole of Jerusalem was brought under Israeli rule. But unlike other nations, in order for it to do battle within the parameters of an worldwide contest, Israel must also fight the forces of "BDS" - the Palestinian-initiated effort to isolate the Jewish state by not participating in cultural, academic, sporting or professional events. On the day of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), the optics of this was no accident.

Israel's three previous Eurovision triumphs occurred in 1978, for "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta; in 1979 (in Jerusalem) for "Hallelujah" performed by Milk and Honey; and in 1998, for Dana International's rendition of "Diva".

Her win also inspired crowds to break out in song in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, with many jumping in the fountain there, as well as at Jerusalem's main open-air market. For example, "Hallelujah" became the country's unofficial national song after it won Eurovision for Israel in the late 1970s.

Her experience has given her plenty of poise onstage.

Meanwhile, UK contender SuRie came 24th out of 26th with her song Storm.

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Nevertheless, the victory had her overcome with emotion. "We are a country that always has a reason to be stressed, but we are a country that knows how to celebrate", said Swed. Thank you so much for accepting differences between us.

"Thank you for allowing diversity".

"This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country".

Americans who find themselves in Israel in May discovered with a sense of surprise that there exists a major global competition that is important to much of the world...and has nothing to do with soccer....but Americans barely know it.

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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai introduced Barzilai, using the phrase of endearment used repeatedly since Barzilai's win "kapara aleich", meaning "we love you", but also a play on words connected with Barzilai's famous chicken-clucking sounds.