Moves to ban the Israel Football Association (IFA) from international soccer club FIFA will not help coexistence, Science and Technology Minister MK Danny Danon (Likud) told Arutz Sheva Wednesday night.
"Boycotting Israel will not help them," Danon said. "We're here and we're staying here."
"I call on all international institutions: Boycott the boycotters," he added. "Whoever calls for a boycott of Israel should also be boycotted."
"[Head of the 'Palestine Football Association'] Jibril Rajoub think it promotes the Palestinian cause – I inform him that he achieves the exact opposite."
Danon's remarks follow less than 24 hours after a law mandating divestment from companies supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement passed in the state of Illinois.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu met with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to discuss the situation. Blatter stated after the situation
Speaking to journalists after a meeting with the Israeli PM, Blatter said that "the will is there to organize a football match for peace between the two teams" and that Netanyahu agreed to the match "in principle."