"Netta, you have brought great glory to the state of Israel!" Next year, in Jerusalem!" Netanyahu wrote in his Twitter.
Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu called the performer's victory a gift to the city.
"These days, Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts, another one we received last night with Netta's brilliant and explosive victory," the prime minister said.
Netanyahu's remarks sparked active debate on social media.
נטע, את כפרה אמיתית. הבאת הרבה כבוד למדינת ישראל! לשנה הבאה בירושלים! 🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/l0z6QF7lS9— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) 12 мая 2018 г.
While many Israelis celebrated their country's victory in the song contest…
SO AWESOME!!!😀👍🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🇮🇱🏆🎉💯— Heather Wolf (@hwolfauthor) 12 мая 2018 г.
Congratulations Israel!— xela alamo nipa (@xeladgreat80) 12 мая 2018 г.
Euro Vision Song Contest 2018 Champion!
…others slammed the country's head for the escalation of the situation in the region.
You are doing the same with muslims as Germany did with jews.— Jose (@Joosete22) 12 мая 2018 г.
Wait a few years for your Muslim neighbors — you'll have fun..— A.B.K. (@Avrimel319) 13 мая 2018 г.
We don’t accept such a zionist, occupier state that has no legal right to be there. #Eurovision is not a musical competition anymore, it has double standards and dirty political aims after all. #kudus #jerusalem belongs to #Palestine— 🇵🇸Princess of Jerusalem🕊🇹🇷 (@wandererozge) 13 мая 2018 г.
FREE PALESTINE 🇵🇸
If u wanna have the respect from Europe, stop bombing Palestina!— Sergi Plaza 🎗 (@SergiP_palau) 12 мая 2018 г.
Next year the standard will be even lower. Any artist with a brain, soul, or any credibility will boycott. Do you realise how many people will not even step foot on what you call Israel? #FreePalestine— Ellipsis (@3llipsis) 13 мая 2018 г.
Netta Barzilai came out victorious at the prestigious 2018 Eurovision song contest on Sunday, which means that the next Eurovision in 2019 will be held in Israel. However, holding the contest in Jerusalem is likely to cause severe protests, as the status of Jerusalem remains highly contentious, mirroring the Middle East conflict.
The ancient city is claimed by both Israel and Palestine as their capital, which are locked in a fundamental border conflict. The international community does not recognize these claims, since a UN resolution of 1947 defines Jerusalem as a "separated body."
The tense situation regarding the status of the city escalated recently when in December 2017, the US recognized it as the official capital of Israel, with US President Donald Trump announcing his decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This move prompted sharp protests among Palestinians and in several states of the Arab world.