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Indonesia pulls out of Fed Cup match against Israel

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia pulled out of a planned Fed Cup tennis match in Israel to protest that country's actions in the Gaza Strip, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

"We are witnessing a military invasion by Israel and the arrest of scores of Palestinian officials," Desra Percaya said. "It is now impossible to play there."

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, had earlier asked that the venue be changed to a neutral country because it has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

But in May, the government said it would allow the team to travel to Israel for the matches, which were scheduled for July 14-15 in Tel Aviv.

The countries have met twice in the Fed Cup -- in Italy (1974) and Japan (1981). Israel won both times.