Israeli authorities said in a statement on Thursday that visa holders could travel to Qatar. the 2022 World Cup, from November 21 to December 18. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations and Israel’s national team does not qualify for the competition. But Israeli citizens will be able to obtain an online entry visa after purchasing their tickets.
“The International Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed that Israeli citizens could enter Qatar during the World Cup and watch the matches like any other fan in the world.” said the Israeli Ministry of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Sports. In contrast, the agreement between Israel and Qatar does not include direct flights between the two countries.
Qatar supports Hamas, Israel’s sworn enemy
They are opposed in the context of the ongoing conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis. Qatar has supported the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Israel’s sworn enemy in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007. In 1996, Qatar established diplomatic relations with Israel. But in 2009, they were broken after the first war between Hamas and the Israeli military.