The heads of the Israeli and Palestinian football associations shook hands in a closed-door meeting in Zurich last week in an effort to resolve issues related to Israeli security measures affecting Palestinian footballers.
The talks were brokered by Fifa, the game’s international governing body, of which both the Israeli and Palestinian football associations are members.
A flurry of contradicting statements and leaks from Palestinian officials on the ongoing talks with Israel has underlined the difficulties involved in making any progress in the negotiations, now in their second month.
An Israeli government official in charge of promoting the country’s online image has been suspended following offensive posts on his Facebook page.
Daniel Seaman, who was appointed the Prime Minister’s director for interactive media in July, said in a phone call that he currently has “instructions from the Prime Minister’s office not to speak to the press”.