The Football World Cup will be held in Qatar next November-December. It may be forbidden for Israeli citizens to come to Qatar at that time to watch the tournament. Such a claim has been made in a report of Arab News. They say the Israeli security forces do not want them to come for security reasons.
About 15,000 Israelis have bought tickets to the World Cup. According to sports tourism agencies, at least 25,000 to 30,000 people from the country can travel to Qatar during the tournament. However, Israel’s National Security Council called an emergency meeting next week to decide whether to allow them to return.
According to Israeli media reports, security threats to the country’s citizens are growing in Qatar. Israel will not be able to provide them with security because Tel Aviv has no diplomatic relations with Qatar. They also see Qatar as a supporter of the Palestinian political group Hamas. The dominance of Iranian citizens in the World Cup also poses a security threat to the Israelis.
This is not a general security challenge, Israel Today reports. This requires the cooperation of the Qatari authorities, which is not certain; That is the first challenge. After discussing security we will know if it can be done and how. If there is no agreement on Israeli security considerations, there may be recommendations to avoid traveling to Qatar.
According to the report, Iran will send millions of its citizens to watch the World Cup due to the short geographical distance between Iran and Qatar. Because of this, the Israelis in the vicinity of ‘many hostile elements’ have become a threat.
Although thousands of Israelis have a second passport. They are expected to travel to Qatar carrying foreign passports and watch some of their favorite matches without being identified as Israeli citizens. The Israeli national team did not qualify for the World Cup this time. They last participated in Mexico in 1970.