|Eurovision Song Contest 1973 entry|
|"Natati La Khayay" (1974) ►|
Composed and conducted by Nurit Hirsh and with lyrics by Ehud Manor (who would go on to write six more Israeli entries), the song is a dramatic ballad, with Ilanit singing about coming to the sudden realisation of what she must do with her lover. She suggests that they "go now", in the hope that "Somewhere – there together we'll find the garden/The garden of love". From the tone of the performance, it appears that this is a hope that the pair can be themselves without pressure from others.
This was Israel's debut Contest entry, and thus the first occasion on which a country from outside geographical Europe had competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. This apparent anomaly is explained by the fact the contest is open to all members of the European Broadcasting Union, an organisation which extends beyond Europe.
The song was performed seventeenth on the night (following France's Martine Clémenceau with "Sans toi"). At the close of voting, it had received 97 points, placing 4th in a field of 17, one of the stronger debuts in Contest history.
- Diggiloo Thrush. "Israel 1973". Retrieved 2006-09-02.
- Webkef.com video. "Israel 1973". Retrieved 2006-09-02.