Israel national football team coach: “Messi is the greatest of his generation, but Jerusalem is forever”
Following Argentina’s cancellation of planned soccer exhibition against Israel’s due to a boycott campaign sponsored by the BDS Argentina branch of Israel haters, Israel national football team coach Alon Hazan said that the cancellation was surprising and disappointing.
“With all due respect to Messi, if the match is canceled because it was supposed to take place in Jerusalem, I wish him and Argentina the best of luck. As an Israeli and a Jew, Jerusalem is far more important to me than Messi and Argentina,” the coach added.
“Messi is the greatest of his generation, but Jerusalem is forever,” he went on to say.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted on Wednesday:
“It’s a shame that Argentina’s footballing nobility did not withstand the pressure from Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and to bring about the destruction of Israel. We won’t give in to a bunch of anti-Semitic terror-supporters.”
Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said that terror groups had threatened the Argentinian team’s players and their families with explicit threats. Among other things, the players were sent videos and pictures of children’s bodies.
Minister Regev said, “I hope that Argentina’s players will not succumb to the terror threats and to the BDS organizations.”