The Israel Football Association will ask UEFA to reconsider its ban on Israel hosting international or European club games following the cease-fire declared by the Palestinians.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom will raise the matter with European foreign ministers along with a request that several European countries, including Britain and France, lift travel warnings to their citizens.
UEFA is expected to discuss the issue next week, but will probably want to wait and see whether the cease-fire holds. FIFA president Sepp Blatter held informal talks on the issue with his UEFA counterpart Lennart Johannson in Paris last week.
Any change in UEFA policy is not expected to come in time to enable Maccabi Tel Aviv to host its game against Zelinia of Slovenia on August 6.
The ban was originally imposed after a terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv restaurant frequented by footballers and their friends left three people dead. Several Hapoel Tel Aviv players were in the restaurant at the time of the incident.
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