Netanyahu v Blatter

May 20, 2015 by  
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter.

The Prime Minister told the FIFA president: “Mr. Blatter, I want to welcome you once again to Israel and

Benjamin Netanyahu meets Sepp Blatter

Benjamin Netanyahu meets Sepp Blatter

I want to praise you for opposing the politicising of sport.

Sport is a vehicle of goodwill among nations. The thing that could destroy the Football Association is politicising it. You politicize it once with Israel, then you politicize it for everyone, and it will cause the deterioration of a great institution. I know you understand this. I want you also to know that we’re helping Palestinian football, among other things because of things that you have raised with us, and we’re going to discuss with you a number of measures that we think would further help the situation. And again, I want to welcome you in the spirit of goodwill, in the spirit of sport, unpoliticised sport. Welcome to Israel.”

FIFA President Blatter responded: “Thank you. Prime Minister, I’m very happy to be back here. Football is nowadays such a strong, strong organization that we should go into a peace situation and not into a fighting situation, and football shall connect people and not divide people. And I’m very happy about what you have said. Yes, football is stronger than all the problems there could be. I’m sure we will find a solution.”

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