Palestinian Soccer Body Drops Proposal to Ban Israel From FIFA

Palestinian soccer officials withdrew a proposal to ban Israeli soccer teams from international play, agreeing to form a panel to monitor the relationship between the regional governing bodies.

Proposals for the easier monitoring and movement of Palestitian players passed with 90 percent at the congress of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, in Zurich.

The Palestinian Authority had wanted the FIFA congress to suspend Israel from the group, saying travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer personnel and other actions violate the association’s rules. Israel’s Football Association said it was worried that influence-peddling may be a factor in the Palestinian drive to oust it from FIFA.

The Palestinian campaign against Israel at FIFA is part of a broader effort to isolate it diplomatically and win international support for Palestinian statehood in the absence of peacemaking.

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