Netanyahu surprises Israeli soccer team

Netanyahu and his wife attend a workout in Budapest of visiting Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Netanyahu surprises Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Netanyahu surprises Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Haim Zach/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, who are visiting Budapest, on Tuesday attended a workout in the city of the Hapoel Be’er Sheva soccer team, wishing them success in the Champions League qualifier, which will be played on Wednesday.

Netanyahu and his wife spoke with team owner Alona Barkat, coach Barak Bakhar and the players.

"Many blessings and good luck! You are champions no matter what,” Netanyahu said. "It was important for us to come here and give encouragement to Hapoel Be’er Sheva ahead of the game tomorrow. I hope they can replicate last week’s result.”

“I can tell you that there has already been progress because I managed to kick a soccer ball without tearing a tendon,” the Prime Minister joked, referring to a 2012 incident in which he pulled a tendon while taking part in a Jewish-Arab children's soccer game.

“If [Hapoel Be’er Sheva] succeed, as they did in the previous game, I think it will be a very welcome thing. They make a wonderful impression, and we wish them a lot of success,” he added.

"By the way, I say this on behalf of all the citizens of Israel," Netanyahu stressed. "No one views this as a game played by a certain team, but by Israeli citizens who stand here on the field. I hope they succeed."

Photos: Haim Zach/GPO