Turkish Prime Minister Accuses Israel of Rigging Eurovision Vote

Cold Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday claimed Israel’s win at the 2018 Eurovision contest was a scam, saying “Israel knows only how to kill, not how to sing.”

During an interview with Turkish television station, Yildirim said Netta Barzilai’s winning song “Toy” was “not good,” and claimed the voting system had been rigged by “imperialists” in order to ensure next year’s competition would take place in Jerusalem in order to “sow strife between religions” in the region.

“They let Israel win, even though they did not have enough points, so they could host the competition next year,” he said.

Yildirim went on to personally attack Barzilai, asserting that the “Israeli singer was not good. She can’t sing.”

Turkey has not participated in Eurovision since 2013.

In other words, I’m not your toy but you, the nations of the world, are apparently ours.

Alternatively, yet another leader in the Arab and Muslim world confirms he is an unhinged hater and conspiracy theorist.

Meanwhile, if Turkey ever decides to return to the contest, perhaps their President Recep Erdogan can enter himself. He has quite the voice for it.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

Daily Updates

Delivered straight to Your mailbox


By signing up, you agree to our terms