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.