Ben Gvir's demand came after Swedish defender Daniel Sundgren and four other foreign players refused to raise a banner written in English demanding the return of hostages held by Hamas after Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, according to The Times of Israel.Most of the players involved are in Israel on work visas and do not actually hold Israeli citizenship.In response to Erbil, Ben Gvir said in a statement that "freedom of expression cannot include incitement." The Israeli Minister of National Security accused the Minister of Interior of seeking to publicize himself, and made positive headlines in Israeli newspapers.Ben Gvir stressed that citizenship is a privilege, and therefore "the state is not obliged to grant citizenship to people, even football players," adding that "a player who despises the state must reconsider the decision to grant him citizenship," he said.The Israeli Interior Minister, Moshe Erbil, promoted a bill Last week, Israel's Minister of Culture and Sports, Miki Zohar, requested that the citizenship of an Israeli athlete turned to play football for the Palestinian national team after he observed a minute's silence for Gaza during a match against Lebanon.