A statement from Bennett’s office said the two met in Jerusalem on Tuesday, during which the soccer boss “raised the idea that Israel would host the World Cup in 2030, along with other countries from the region, led by the United Arab Emirates “.
Former US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman were also present at the meeting, the statement said.
Mnuchin and Friedman were among several prominent members of the Trump administration in Jerusalem this week, attending a series of events aimed at advancing the Abrahamic Accords, a series of normalization agreements between Israel and the states Arabs.
The Abraham Accords are a normalization deal announced in a September 2020 deal, negotiated by the United States, to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
In 2026, the World Cup will be co-hosted between the United States, Mexico and Canada after the North American bid easily defeated Morocco in a vote in 2018.
It will be the first time that the World Cup will be shared between three host nations.