I was hesitant to start this thread because of its emotional political nature but this simmering conflict could soon blow up in FIFA's face and put the governing body in the eye of a political storm. But first things first. The purpose of this thread is to discuss the FIFA regulatory angle, not a moral debate about the underlying conflict. Posts that stray too far will be deleted with warnings/bans to follow. With that out of the way, let's rewind to May 2015. Before the FIFA congress that month (yes, the one with all the arrests) the Palestinian FA sought to suspend Israel from FIFA. A vote on suspension was halted at nearly the last minute when a promise was made to the PFA to look at their concerns, namely the following: 1. Freedom of movement for players, Palestinian or otherwise, between Gaza and the West Bank. 2. The Israeli FA affiliation of five clubs in the West Bank. The first falls heavily into the debate of national security and can be argued either way. I don't see much value in discussing that here. Instead I would like to focus on the second one, especially since we now have the Crimean decision as a reference point. Fast-forward to last month and we still don't have much resolution to present. This opinion piece is quite critical of FIFA's role so far and I would say the author has a point as far as the regulatory frame work is concerned. Russia was told off rather quickly by UEFA when they tried to affiliate the Crimean clubs with the Russian FA. Instead they had to create a Crimean FA that has no room in the FIFA setup due to lack of international recognition. I would say this situation is quite similar and FIFA's non-action could be seen as siding with Israel: My take: FIFA need to put their foot down and the Israeli FA should play it smart and sever the affiliation of these five clubs. The PFA won't remain idle for much longer and will push for a suspension once again. In Israel's place I would not be overly confident of winning such a suspension vote in the FIFA congress. Unlike the UN there is no security council protection here. The inclusion of Kosovo (a move I supported) has created a political game within the organization and I expect Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Crimean FA to present their case in due time . The last thing FIFA (and the Israeli FA) need at this point is the Israel-Palestine conflict to end up on the Congress agenda.