I think Israel is great. At first I didn't connect to the lyric too much, but then I began to see it as a sort of grandiose self-portrait. Replace the word Israel with Morrissey and it still basically makes sense. The overall feel may be a bit Shirley Bassey for some people's taste though.
Yeah, I think that's my problem with it. It's a bit too Eurovision for me, mind I do like to watch Eurovision.