“For he’s football crazy, He’s football mad, The football it has taken away
the little bit o’ sense he had…”
Some of you might remember these words from a popular song a couple of decades ago. The chorus soon became part of everyday language and it was sung by disgruntled wives, mothers and girlfriends.
But this week, it took on a whole new meaning, as we watched one of the largest edifices of world football – FIFA – crumble at its very foundations as a corruption scandal involving cash for favours, bribery and the footballing equivalent of nepotism gnawed away at its reputation.
Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s president is feeling the heat. Already many members are calling for his head on a plate, desperate to salvage a modicum of decorum and respect for the organisation.
What has any of this to do with Israel you might ask?
Well, followers of football may be aware about the ridiculous Palestinian bid to have Israel kicked out of FIFA.
And today is D-DAY.
A couple of days ago, the vote was, well, a non-vote. It didn’t have the requisite support and was essentially just about a PR and media blitz by Palestinians, in short politics by press release.
But there are now genuine fears in Jerusalem’s corridors of power that the current corruption scandal and a Presidential vote later might, in the end, lead to a vote on ousting Israel from the organization.
Why? Because in his bid for re-election, Blatter may require a substantial number of votes from the World’s Arab nations due to possible opposition from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Blatter could call the Palestinian proposal to a vote in order to appease the Arab states.
It is said some people will do anything to cling onto power. Could Israel be the victim of such machinations and an internal FIFA power play? We will have to wait and see…
In other news this week, in a worrying sign of increasing tensions and hostility along its borders, Israel prepares to undertake a massive security drill.
We also bring you news about a baby induced by a rocket attack (a perfect riposte don’t you think? Those who want death, got a new Israeli life instead).
Lastly, are you one of those people that take pictures of your food in restaurants? Here at EIPA we are not sure we approve of this trend, but nonetheless if the answer is yes then there’s a new restaurant in Tel Aviv that is taking it to a whole new level. Read on…
Thanks as always for your support. Until next week.