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Israel joined the Eurovision family in 1973. Despite being a Middle Eastern nation, the nation is a member of the European Broadcasting Union and as such is allowed to participate in the contest. Since their debut, they've only missed five contests: three due to the observance of their national holiday, one due to relegation, and failing to qualify for the 1996 contest via the audio-only pre-qualifying round.

Their first few years in the contest saw three top 10 finishes - fourth in its debut in 1973, seventh in 1974 and sixth in 1976. Israel then scored back-to-back wins in 1978 and 1979: Izhar Cohen and Alpha Beta won in Paris with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi, and Gali Atari and Milk and Honey defended the title on home ground in Jerusalem with Hallelujah.

In 1998 in Birmingham, history was made by Israel when Dana International became the first transsexual artist to win the contest.

With the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Israel has managed to qualify for the final 7 times.

On 9 May 2017, just before the start of the first semifinal, IBA shut down its operations with a new channel (IPBC) set to launch. However, Israel's future participation in the contest is up in the air at the moment because one side of the new channel (Kan) is required to broadcast news programming as per EBU member rules. On 24 May 2017, the new channel filed for membership after the High Court granted a temporary injunction against the split. The process is due to be completed in December 2017, potentially giving Israel enough time to submit an entry for 2018 if membership is approved.

Participants

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
1973 Ilanit Ey Sham Hebrew 4 97 No Semi Finals
1974 Poogy Natati La Khayay 7 11
1975 Shlomo Artzi At Va'ani 11 40
1976 Chocolate Menta Mastik Emor Shalom 6 77
1977 Ilanit Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim 11 49
1978 Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta A-Ba-Ni-Bi 1 157
1979 Gali Atari & Milk and Honey Hallelujah 1 125
1980 Did not participate
1981 Hakol Over Habibi Halayla Hebrew 7 56 No Semi Finals
1982 Avi Toledano Hora 2 100
1983 Ofra Haza Hi 2 136
1984 Did not participate
1985 Izhar Cohen Olé, Olé Hebrew 5 93 No Semi Finals
1986 Moti Giladi & Sarai Tzuriel Yavo Yom 19 7
1987 Datner & Kushnir Shir Habatlanim 8 73
1988 Yardena Arazi Ben Adam 7 85
1989 Gili and Galit Derech Hamelech 12 50
1990 Rita Shara Barkhovot 18 16
1991 Duo Datz Kan 3 139
1992 Dafna Dekel Ze Rak Sport 6 85
1993 Sarah'le Sharon and The Shiru Group Shiru Hebrew, English 24 4 Participated in 1992
1994 Relegated from participating
1995 Liora Amen Hebrew 8 81 No Semi Final
1996 Galit Bell Shalom Olam -- -- 28 12
1997 Did not participate
1998 Dana International Diva Hebrew 1 172 No Semi Finals
1999 Eden Happy Birthday (Yom Huledet) Hebrew, English 5 93
2000 PingPong Be Happy 22 7
2001 Tal Sondak En Davar Hebrew 16 25
2002 Sarit Hadad Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light A Candle) Hebrew, English 12 37
2003 Lior Narkis Milim La'ahava 19 17
2004 David D'Or Leha'amin -- -- 11 57
2005 Shiri Maimon HaSheket SheNish'ar 4 154 7 158
2006 Eddie Butler Together We Are One 23 4 Top 11 in 2005
2007 Teapacks Push The Button English, French, Hebrew -- -- 24 17
2008 Boaz The Fire In Your Eyes Hebrew, English 9 124 5 104
2009 Noa and Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way English, Hebrew, Arabic 16 53 7 75
2010 Harel Skaat Milim Hebrew 14 71 8 71
2011 Dana International Ding Dong Hebrew, English -- -- 15 38
2012 Izabo Time -- -- 13 33
2013 Moran Mazor Rak Bishvilo Hebrew -- -- 14 40
2014 Mei Finegold Same Heart Hebrew, English -- -- 14 19
2015 Nadav Guedj Golden Boy English 9 97 3 151
2016 Hovi Star Made of Stars 14 135 7 147
2017 Imri Ziv I Feel Alive 23 39 3 207

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