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August 4, 2013 14:41
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu greets FC Barcelona

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu greets FC Barcelona 37 150. (photo credit: GPO / Moshe Milner)

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau presented a Goodwill Ambassador for Israel certificate to Sandro Rosell, the club president.

During their visit to the Western Wall, the minister met the team, including Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, and the latest signing Neymar da Silva, who placed notes in the wall.,

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau welcomed the visiting team and their entourage:

"Welcome to Israel! For us, first and foremost, you have come to Israel as tourists, and not just regular tourists – your arrival here has turned into a national celebration. I present you with this certificate, with gratitude and in the hope that you will share your experiences about the real Israel with family and friends on your return home."

The minister added: "The Tourism Ministry sees great value in the visit of the Barcelona football club in encouraging tourism to Israel. Football is an international language and it is enough that millions of Barcelona fans around the world will see photos and video of their team visiting the Western Wall, places of entertainment and other tourism sites in Israel in order to promote tourism to Israel.”

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