Peace in the Middle East could start on the soccer field ... with Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreeing to put aside their differences and hold talks ... for the good of the sport.
Leaders from both sides met today -- after FIFA officials created a special task force aimed at getting everyone to work TOGETHER to improve the soccer experience for Palestinians and Israelis.
It's a big step ... considering earlier this year the Palestinians had called for FIFA to suspend Israel after accusing them of deliberately interfering with Palestinian soccer operations.
The Palestinians later dropped their motion for suspension ... and that's when FIFA moved in trying to encourage the sides to come up with a friendly long term plan.
Surprisingly, both sides agreed .. and met with FIFA official Tokyo Sexwale today. Sexwale claims the meeting went so well, there will be a follow-up next month.
Hey, it's a start ...