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Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi touched down in Israel on Sunday together with his country’s national team, which is to play a friendly match against Uruguay on Monday.

The Argentinian team arrived from Saudi Arabia where the team beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly, according to AP.

Last year, Argentina canceled a World Cup warmup match in Jerusalem due to safety concerns following protests in Judea and Samaria and around the world.

The teams were close to canceling Monday’s match due to the recent round of fighting between Israel and Gaza-based terrorist groups, according to AP.

Sylvan Adams, the Canadian-Israeli billionaire who set up the match, led the negotiations that allowed for it to go forward as planned. Adams told AP that he is looking to improve Israel’s image by sponsoring sporting events. Last year he brought the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia cycling race to Israel.

The Palestinian BDS group PACBI condemned Monday’s game.

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