This year’s Eurovision slogan is “Building Bridges” — and yesterday we saw the theme in action. During Israel’s press conference a fan from Lebanon stood up to say that despite tensions between the two countries, he loves Nadav and his music. 

I am from Lebanon and we are neighbours. I was watching your rehearsal and one of my best friends is from Israel. I started to brought some tears to my eyes because I felt emotion seeing a country that’s supposed to have issues with and my question for you is did you imagine that you at 16 years would help build a bridge of peace to the two countries when you came here.

Nadav was visibly touched by the words, saying “Now that you tell me something like this my heart is full of….”, before he trailed off. The Head of Delegation added that the moment was beautiful, and invited the fan on stage. The flags of the two nations were then unfurled and held side by side for a photo op.

Can Eurovision help broker peace in the Middle East? Probably not. But the press conference is a moving reminder that music really does unite us.

We filmed an interview with Nadav and the Lebanese fan and will upload it soon.

Israel Press Conference: Fan from Lebanon hugs Nadav

Nadav Guedj interview

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Charles
Charles
6 years ago

… the Lebanon – Israel “hate and love” story is not what i a worried about cuz seriously Eurovision is not here to fix things these 2 countries need to work through to overcome …if they ever want such thing. … the “gay innuendos” at some of the questions during the interview to this kid were so unnecessary … the kid is focusing on the song and having a blast during the performance … yet asking if the dancers will be naked or not is far more relevant? Is this what being “unstoppable” is all about? And they wonder why… Read more »

Maya G
Maya G
6 years ago

@LucyEAPercy Back in 1993 miss Lebanon and miss Israel were photographed together (there were no selfies or social media back then), which caused an outrage in Lebanon. Poor miss Lebanon was stripped of her title and prosecuted for “collaborating with the enemy”. So considering the consequences, it’s understandable why last year’s miss Lebanon went nuts over that stupid selfie.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/miss-israel-tamara-porat-and-miss-lebanon-ghada-turk-pose-news-photo/51351277

LucyEAPercy
6 years ago

Wonderful news! So pleased to see this, was a shame when they thought this was happening in Miss World when Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel had a picture together but the n Miss Lebanon went nuts saying Miss Israel photobombed and stuff.

Eurovision is the home of real beauty eh? I know people hate when it gets political, but when it’s in this way, that’s fantastic.

fikri
fikri
6 years ago

awesome…. but isnt nadev too young to understand all this? kinda reminds me of the russian twins last year.

Sam
Sam
6 years ago

Yes Fatima of course this was staged because israel and israelis are evil and everyone hates them and anything good said about or done by israel can therefore just simply cannot be true lololololol

Seriously though, this is a wonderful moment and should be shown to the world!

davve
davve
6 years ago

lovely

df
df
6 years ago

Lebanon didnt enter this year cause israel is there

Im israeli and i think its very brave of the lebanese guy to publicly love israel – especially this days with all the hate

nadav did what every israeli would have done but the labnese guy is the big deal here – kudos to him

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

I hope this nice Lebanese guy will not suffer trouble back home (though I understand he doesn’t live in Lebanon right now). Eurovision is a great stage for building bridges and this is why I was so disappointed when Lebanon withdrew in 2005. The Israelis are yearning for friendship with the Lebanese, that beautiful song would have gotten 12 points from Israel.

Fatima – you think that this was staged by whom? The Israelis?!

GoldenGirl
GoldenGirl
6 years ago

How can this even seem staged? You can obviously see Ahmed is seriously asking that question, and that Nadav and his crew really are getting emotional about it… He almost didnt know what to say.

Nitzan
Nitzan
6 years ago

Shut up Fatima! You are always here condemning israel and Nadav. You are racist and fueled by the yahoodi media. dont arab!

Iberian
Iberian
6 years ago

And if it were, Fatima? Would it make any difference?

Fatima
Fatima
6 years ago

Is there any possibility that this might have been staged ?

Mei International
Mei International
6 years ago

Sooo special and meaningful!! I love this!!

Iberian
Iberian
6 years ago

This is beautiful. And it shows what a wonderful person Nadav is. Great video from the press conference.

Otna
Otna
6 years ago

GLAM <3

Nikos
Nikos
6 years ago

Wow what great news! Glad you guys caught this moment for us!

Alison
Alison
6 years ago

FYI I typed in a thumbs up not question marks!

Alison
Alison
6 years ago

What a perfect representation of building bridges ???? It’s a really great slogan for Eurovision

wilyousing
wilyousing
6 years ago

They are only taking selfies

lacrymea
lacrymea
6 years ago

This has actually put a lump in my throat…

2L
2L
6 years ago

Maybe the best news from Vienna so far

Huh
Huh
6 years ago

Take note, beauty pageants.

Mario My Vision of Gay Love
Mario My Vision of Gay Love
6 years ago

Lebanon’s withdrawn song in the Vision of 2005 was beautiful…If this country had participated could do well i Kiev’s contest…I can see the Lebanese debuting to our Vision in the near future.. 🙂