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Israel blames Palestinians for cancellation of Argentina friendly

Israel on Wednesday blamed Palestinian pressure for Argentina’s cancellation of its World Cup warmup against Israel, a match that had been set for contested Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM – Israel on Wednesday blamed Palestinian pressure for Argentina’s cancellation of its World Cup warmup against Israel, a match that had been set for contested Jerusalem.

Poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina's soccer player Lionel Messi is seen during Rajoub's news conference, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank
A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina’s soccer player Lionel Messi is seen during Rajoub’s news conference, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The Palestinians accused Israel of using the fixture and the participation of Barcelona ace Lionel Messi to underpin its disputed claim to Jerusalem, which U.S. President Donald Trump recognized last year as Israel’s capital in a break from international consensus. (Reuters)

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