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May 28, 2015 4:47 pm

Netanyahu: Suspending Israel Could Cause FIFA to Collapse

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Prime Minister Netanyahu said that complying with the Palestinian demand to suspend Israel from FIFA would ultimately destroy the international football body. PHOTO: Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that acceding to the Palestinian demand to suspend Israel from FIFA threatened to unravel the international soccer organization.

In an interview with reporters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu commented on Friday’s upcoming vote to oust Israel at the FIFA congress in Zurich, calling it a “blatant intrusion of politics into the field of sports.”

According to Netanyahu, who is also an avid soccer fan, “sport has become an arena of goodwill and cooperation between peoples, and because of that an attempt to attack Israel in FIFA will cause FIFA to collapse.”

The prime minister added that Israel was currently holding talks with the organization, but at this point it was impossible to know what decision it would take regarding the Israeli Football Association’s membership. Netanyahu said that if the decision to suspend Israel is accepted, “we will fight and condemn it.”

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Netanyahu noted that he had conveyed this message to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Netanyahu made the comments against the backdrop of the relentless attack against Israel launched by the chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, who has pushed to have the Jewish state suspended from the world soccer body.

On Thursday, Rajoub claimed that, “despite the sincere intentions of Sepp Blatter, the Israeli Football Association has chosen to be an instrument of apartheid, rather than an instrument of peace.”

“To my great disappointment,” Rajoub continued, “the Israeli Football Association is loyal to the extreme political agenda of its government.”

In response to the Palestinian campaign, the Israeli delegation to FIFA is continuing its own efforts to prevent the passage of the Palestinian recommendation to suspend Israel.

However, this afternoon, the CEO of the Israel Football Association, Rotem Kamer, struck a pessimistic tone, telling Israel’s NRG news portal that despite the fact that the Israeli delegation “is working in a number of hotels with a number of [soccer] confederations, among them UEFA, to convince them to support our position,” there was a “lot of politics here, and to our regret, Israel’s position is not favorable.”

Kamer noted his disappointment that the Palestinians chose this particular forum to attack Israel, and “24 hours before the vote, despite all of our efforts to find a solution, the Palestinian proposal is still on the table. They are presenting us as an apartheid state.”

He added that there was a lot of political pressure, from Qatar and other Arab countries, to accept the Palestinian proposal.

“They have been indicating to Blatter that if he does not go along with them his position will also be in danger,” said Kamer.

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  • SARA RIFKA

    THIS IS NOT A JOKE IS IT.

    70 YEARS AGO EUROPE HATED THE JEWS……DREW BLOOD AND FOR CENTURIES UPON CENTURIES JEWS LIVED LIKE THIS.

    NOW ITS NOT JUST EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST …..ITS THE WHOLE WORLD….WHEREVER YOU TURN THERE IS NOT A SPECK OF EARTH THAT IS NOT WHINING ABOUT JEWS AND MOST OF THE JEWS JUST CHUCKLY ALONG…..JINGLE THERE BUTTS, SPEND THERE MONEY WITHOUT WONDERING ‘ THIS IS GLOBAL ‘

    AND, ‘BIBI’ IS RIGHT…..’WHAT WILL BE IN 10 YEARS ‘ IF ALL THIS HORROR IS STILL GOING ON AND SNAKING ITS WAY THROUGH OUT THE WORLD.

    ITS NOT JUST THE PALESTINIANS…..THERE IS TRULY NO SUCH PERSON…..ONLY RATTLED RAG HEADS WHO ARE NOT ACCEPTED ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE ARAB WORLD…..

    THANKS FOR THE HATRED……ITS A GOOD SHABBOS BEING SEPARATED FROM THE SICKNESS OF A SECULAR CULTURE WITH AN UNLIMITED LIST OF A*& &(%&&.

  • The Watchman

    The simple question to the “Palestinians ” re this “apartheid” Bollocks is… How many Jews in Gaza? WHOOPS, error NONE. What was that about “apartheid”? Time to take out Hamarse and ISHITS

  • Genghis Cohen

    Such hypocrisy!! “Palestinians” accusing Israel of apartheid when the original rejection of Jews in the Middle East by the Arab League was based on their argument that Jews, not being of an Arab tribe tribe did not belong in “Palestine.”

  • Phil

    The western democracies must deal with this. all should threaten to start a rival body that regulates and controls soccer and let this corrupt organization disappear. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of the western democracies, with the exception of Canada, doing the right thing.

  • cynic Jews

    Is that why FIFA officials were arrested on corruption charges?

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