For the first time we have indirect evidence of the pressure being brought to bear on the football world by Israeli diplomatic pressure, as was the case in May 2015. Inside World Football reveals in an interview with Simon Johnson, British-based chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), the arguments being invoked by Israelis against action on settlement clubs (which confirm what we have learned informally).
This text is important as it highlights politics and complexity while ignoring human rights, international law and FIFA’s regulations.
Johnson is quoted as saying:
“The FIFA Monitoring Committee and eventually the FIFA Council is being lobbied for territorial and political ends by the Palestinians,” he was quoted as saying. “They are trying to draw political borders through football and this is a very dangerous road for FIFA to go down.
“It is not the job of FIFA to determine territorial boundaries. The Israeli FA has strong legal arguments available to it to counter any threat of punitive action arising from the work of the Monitoring Committee. This is a complex matter and the sensible, consultative approach that the FIFA Monitoring Committee is taking should not be derailed at the end by political lobbying by those who are seeking to penalise Israel politically through sporting means.”
Inside World Football also reveals that a smear campaign has been mounted by supporters of Israel against PFA president Jibril Rajoub.
The complete story is at: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2017/03/01/afc-calls-fifa-urgently-rule-israel-palestine-dispute/
Al jazeera has also summarised the position well on 19 March 2107 at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/fifa-delay-israeli-settlement-decision-fuels-concern-170317080253187.html