The Taoiseach says it's up to the Irish women basketball players themselves whether they should play Israel.
The two countries are due to face each other today in a competitive fixture behind close doors in Latvia.
There have been calls for the team to boycott the game over the war in Gaza.
However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar doesn't believe Ireland should act in isolation when it comes to boycotts
"Ultimately that is their decision. But I have a very clear view on the general issue of boycotts whether it's sport, whether it's music, whatever it is. I don't think we should disadvantage ourselves. It's one thing to expel Russia, or expel Israel from certain sporting events or certain music events or contests, and I think that may well be appropriate"