Israel wants to meet Arabs in sport
Published in The Independent, 22 March 2007*
Sir: Jack Downey in his letter (15 March) chides Israel for not joining its enemies on the sports pitch. Israel has always been willing to play against Arab nations; the problem comes from the other side. Arab states will not permit their teams to compete against Israel.
Since Israel has not been permitted by other Middle Eastern teams to play against them, it competes instead in the European arena, whether in music and song, in sports, or even in trade and industry. When the Arab Middle Eastern nations accept Israel's existence in their midst Israel would be only too happy to compete near home.
PETACH TIKVA, ISRAEL
* Published at http://comment.independent.co.uk/letters/article2381035.ece
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