Rajoub, Sexwale and Eini

The president of the Israeli Football Association has suggested the staging of a match between Israel and Palestine could be beneficial for showing how the two nations can live peacefully side by side.

Ofer Eini was speaking after the staging of the second FIFA Monitoring Committee Israel-Palestine meeting, where he was joined by his Palestinian counterpart Jibril Rajoub, and chaired by FIFA’s Tokwo Sexwale.

He said: “I very much believe in football as a bridge for peace. A football match between our two national teams would underline that peaceful coexistence between our people is possible.”
Rajoub said: “I very much appreciate the input of Ofer Eini and his team. I remain confident that we will build a new and consensual way to cooperate which positively affects Palestinian and Israeli societies and all people who love sport.”