(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Former Israeli Foreign Ministry director general Alon Liel was slammed over his push for international institutions—including the United Nations and FIFA (world soccer’s governing body)—to put more pressure on Israel.
“Alon Liel served for many years in senior roles in the Israeli diplomatic system, including several months in the position of Foreign ministry Director general. The years that have passed since then have caused him to forget his duty to the state, and unfortunately, he has become active in helping those who wish to harm the State of Israel,” said Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
“His active participation in the [anti-Israel] boycott movement and the cynical use of his status as a former Foreign Ministry official in the diplomatic arena tarnishes the foreign service and actively serves those who hate Israel,” Hotovely added.
Hotovely’s comments follow the secret recording of a meeting between Liel and the left-wing NGO Breaking the Silence, taped by the right-wing Ad Kan movement. In the recording, Liel is heard comparing “the occupation” to apartheid-era South Africa and suggesting that the organization help turn public opinion against Israel’s policies.
According to the recording, Liel said, “Imagine FIFA saying, ‘No problem, Israel. You have a great soccer culture, but the Beitar Ariel and Beitar Givat Ze’ev teams [from Judea and Samaria] should play in the Arab League, in the [Palestinian] territories.’ That would be enough for us. The government in Ramallah is recognized as a state by FIFA, yet in the heart of its territory, there are soccer teams that do not play in its league.”