In addition to strategic and commercial interests, Israel and Europe share similar values.
Former US president Barack Obama and his administration referred to the settlements as illegitimate.
While the U.S. has changed its policy, the EU retains its stance on the matter
The results showed that a populist wave exists, but is by no means sweeping Europe, and Europeans are not all of a sudden turning anti-EU.
In a video clip with Bashar Murad the band seems to be singing in the West Bank.
Israel can feel vindicated on every level.
Citing his concern over the "massive violation of Shabbat," he expressed his regret that, while this "isn't the first time, this time it will be done with the whole world watching."
The president visited the Eurovision Village in Tel Aviv to honor Europe Day in an event with European diplomats and the city's mayor.
Israel's Eurovision contestant holds his first rehearsal on stage at the Expo Tel Aviv on Friday.