Israel fumbles goodwill visit of NFL players (The Associated Press)

It was supposed to be a feel-good visit by a group of professional football players to give a boost to image-conscious Israel. Israel’s ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press release after the Super Bowl boasting that the visit would bring ”influencers” who would serve as ”goodwill ambassadors” when they returned home. The announcement led Seattle Seahawks defense lineman Michael Bennett to pull out.