The match at the Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina's final game before they kick off their World Cup campaign in Russian Federation against Iceland on June 16.
Head of the Palestinian soccer association Jibril Rajoub told the press that if the Argentinian national team will arrive in Israel and play, even in a different city than the capital, "we will act to ensure they will not be able to offer themselves as hosts to the 2030 World Cup".
Following the reports of cancellation, Israeli officials scrambled to try and get the game back on track, with Netanyahu phoning Argentinian President Mauricio Macri.
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Rajoub said that Palestinians only began to campaign against the match after Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev made a decision to move it to Jerusalem and "turn it into a political event".
Argentine media also reported the cancellation. Last week, MK Yousef Jabareen, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, met with Argentina's ambassador to Israel and asked for the game to be cancelled. Jorge Faurie did not confirm the game had been axed, but told reporters in Washington on the sidelines of the Organization of American States meeting that he believed players had been reluctant to travel to Israel to play.
Barcelona ace Leo Messi says Argentina need to come closer as a team if they're to win the World Cup. "The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem", Rajoub said.
Last month, US President Donald Trump stirred worldwide anger and condemnation with a decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognising the city as the capital of Israel.
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The news was met with cheers in Gaza, where at least 120 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during recent protests.
Rajoub has long urged FIFA to expel Israel from the worldwide football federation, citing Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian soccer players and because Israel maintains teams in West Bank settlements.
"Messi is a symbol of peace and love", he said in a statement ahead of the game. "We ask him not to participate in laundering the crimes of the occupation".
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