Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire.
(photo credit: ADAM HUNGER/REUTERS)
Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev supports Hapoel Jerusalem's and former NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire's request to be granted with Israeli citizenship.
Amar'e Stoudemire and Hapoel Jerusalem filed a request to the Interior Ministry requesting the approval of Israeli citizenship to the American basketball player.
Stoudemire's request was based on a clause that allows a player to be eligible due to his contribution to sports, but in that case he needs a recommendation from the related Minister, Miri Regev.
Regev sent her approval to Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, after Stoudemire declared that he is willing to pay taxes in Israel.
"Stoudemore is the first basketball player to declare his intention to pay taxes in Israel, which reflects his intentions to settle down in Israel at the end of his athletic career," Regev wrote to Deri. "I support the recommendation of the basketball association to grant Amar'e Stoudemire Israeli citizenship."
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