The Palestinian team, recognized by FIFA a decade ago, played at a new 6,500 seat stadium in the occupied West Bank town of al-Ram, near
Less than ten minutes into the game, home captain Ahmed Kashkash outwitted the Jordanian goalkeeper to give the Palestinians the lead, setting off a round of thunderous applause.
Rayed Freish equalized for Jordan shortly after half-time but the determined Palestinian squad clung on to ensure that honors were even in the 1-1 final score.
The event, secured by hundreds of Palestinian police and security officers, was attended by Blatter who is on a four-day tour that included a visit to
The crowd gave Blatter a rapturous welcome, waving flags and holding up portraits of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas,
Blatter said the match "proved that football can bring hope".
"We are here to realize a dream, it is the national team of
"We want to make sure that all national associations, members of FIFA have the right to play their national team matches at home," he was quoted by Reuters as saying.
In a joint pre-game news conference with Blatter, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad urged more foreign teams to play in the Palestinian territories. "This is a sign of solidarity, its a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people during a time of hardship," Fayyad said.
Gaza's Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, said the game was an opportunity to bridge the rift among Palestinians.
"I hope this game can pave the road to restoring the internal Palestinian relations and bring them back on track," said Haniyeh, a former amateur player, as he watched the game in his
A spokesman for the Israeli Football Association, meanwhile, said
"Every time we are asked to show football can be a bridge to bring people together, we do so and we have done in the past," AP quoted Gil Lebanony as saying.