As confirmed by the Israeli Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, Hapoel Jerusalem center Amare Stoudemire will be given the Israeli citizenship.
“Amare’s contribution to Israeli sports is unquestionable. He is one of the greatest athletes to ever play in Israel, and he wants to connect his destiny with Israel. Therefore, I have decided to use my authority according to the citizenship rule, and hand him the status of an Israeli citizen.
I wish Stoudemire to keep up his success and to bring joy to the basketball fans in Israel, especially the ones of Hapoel Jerusalem,” Deri stated in an officially announcement.