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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
[With video link] PM Netanyahu Meets FIFA Pres. Blatter

[With video link] PM Netanyahu Meets with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Click here for an English-language video link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtT6kfsKi1g

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 9 July 2013), met with
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. In response to comments the latter made
during his visit to Israel, the Prime Minister decided to show him concrete
evidence of the Palestinians' use of football fields as bases for launching
rockets at civilian populations in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu showed FIFA President Blatter photographs that
show inter alia missiles being launched at Israel from the heart of
civilian populations in Gaza, aerial photographs from 16 November 2012 that
show Fajr-5 missile launch sites in the Gaza football stadium, a photograph
of a building that was hit by missiles in Rishon Lezion, and a video clip
that was taken by civilians on 10 March 2012 and which shows the football
match between Be'er Sheva and Um Al-Fahm being suddenly halted due to rocket
fire at the stadium area. "This is a double war crime. You're firing on
civilians and you're hiding behind civilians," the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also referred to recent media interviews by
Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub in which the latter
said that if the Palestinians had an atomic bomb, they would have already
used it on Israel and that Israel is the enemy of the Palestinian people.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel was asking that FIFA give it fair play
and not allow itself and the sport to be used for the dissemination of
mendacious propaganda against Israel.

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