On Wednesday afternoon, May 13, around 400 Jewish and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian kids gathered to play in the inauguration of the Mini Mondial 2015, an activity hosted every year by Shimon Peres and the staff of his organization, "The Peres Center for Peace". The activity counted with the participation of 12 Ambassadors of different countries and All-Star Israeli Football Players.
Peres, in his inaugural speech, joined the Football Association's efforts to help solve the threats of banning Israel from the FIFA saying, "I call on FIFA to use this crisis to promote peace and not to deepen the rift."
Former President Peres kicked off the "World Cup of Peace" saying, "A day will come in which there will be an end to the battlefields and a flowering of the football field. You, the participants, are a symbol of peace and hope for the future."
Chairman of the Football Association, Ofer Eini, said, "I encourage the head of the Palestinian Association, Jibril Rajoub, to join us in action to bring the peoples together. Let's talk, let's play football."
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres inaugurated the soccer event hosted by the "Peres Center for Peace", in which 400 Jewish and Arab, Palestinian and Israeli children played against a team of Ambassadors of different countries and All Star Israeli Football Players, Conveying a message of peace from Israel to the world.
Peres surprised the players in the locker room before the game, wishing them luck and telling them that: "The Ball belongs to everyone, today I see you as ambassadors of peace. I call on FIFA to use this crisis to promote peace and not to deepen the rift. A day will come in which there will be an end to the battlefields and a flowering of the football field. You, the participants, are a symbol of peace and hope for the future"
The first half of the inauguration game was played by the Ambassadors of peace team, which included the United States, China, Australia, Finland, Congo, Nigeria, Uruguay, Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Japan, who defeated the mixed children children team with a result of 2: 1.
In the second half, the children defeated the team of Israeli all star football players: Eran Zahavi, Barak Yitzhaki, Yossi Benayoun, Itay Shechter, Taleb Tooathh, Roy Kahat, Ben Reichert, Ramsey spuri, Ahmed Abed, Ofir Marciano, Gadi Kinde, Marwan Kabha who lost 3: 2.
The full-day tournament brought together 400 children: Jews, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians from communities throughout Israel and the West Bank. They played together wearing flags from different countries with the message of peace, tolerance and prevention of racism.
The event was supported by many organizations, including Coca-Cola, Adidas, Football Association, the Herzliya municipality and Ball to All.