40 appearances, 34 finals and three victories, such are the facts on Israel who joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973.
Very few countries have won the contest twice in a row, but Israel is one of them. They first won in 1978 by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta's A-Ba-Ni-Bi, and again the year after with the now classic entry Hallelujah. In 1998, Israel also got a lot of attention. Dana International, born a man, now a woman, won with the song Diva.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Israel has failed to reach the final a total of six times, though it has not happened since Mei Finegold in 2014.