Israelis will be allowed to travel to Qatar for the World Cup games, even though Israel has no diplomatic relations with Qatar, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.
Combined efforts by the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and sports who worked with FIFA officials led to an agreement which will allow Israelis to watch the games in Qatar, the ministry said.
“We are bringing forth another diplomatic achievement which will gladden the hearts of soccer fans,” said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. “A love of soccer and sport unites people and countries, and the World Cup games in November have opened the gate for new and warm relations,” he said.
Every person buying a ticket will have to obtain a fan ID that will serve as an entry visa to Qatar and allow the reservation of accommodation. “I welcome the coordination that was achieved for the benefit of sports fans in Israel,” said Defense Minister Benny Gantz. “Qatar is a country with international importance, contributing to maintaining stability in our region.”
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Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper also welcomed the agreement, defining it as “an important diplomatic and sports-related message. Many sports-loving Israelis are happy today.” Efforts continue on working out how Israelis will be able to fly to Qatar.