According to the Hebrew website i24NEWS: "Less than three months before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Israel is intensifying its efforts to facilitate the arrival of thousands of Israeli fans to Qatar, with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations."
The Hebrew news website said that it had learned about secret talks between the two countries, which collapsed before a planned phone call between Lapid with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, due to Lapid's insistence on making the call public, a demand that Doha strongly rejected.
And added: "The planned call between Lapid and Al-Thani was considered a preliminary conversation before a future call between Lapid and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The talks were aimed at opening an Israeli consular office in Doha to handle the affairs of Israelis who would attend the World Cup matches.
Israel had hoped that this office would continue to operate permanently in the Gulf state."
i24NEWS added: "The absence of an Israeli consular office in Doha during the Games means that Israeli nationals will be left without any assistance if they lose their passports, are arrested or during the occurrence of serious medical conditions."
And in June 2022, "Israel" announced that Israelis would be able to attend the World Cup matches in Qatar, and said that this would open a "new door" to a country with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations.
It is noteworthy that Qatar was the first Gulf country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in 1996, so that "Israel" opened a commercial office there. But the office was closed by the local authorities in 2000, and relations between the two countries officially ended in 2009 due to the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
In response to what was reported, i24NEWS said that the response of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the above was that "the story addressed in the report is incorrect."