Liverpool playmaker Yossi Benayoun played despite not fully recovering from an injury which has kept him out of the Liverpool side for the past 3 weeks. Without Benayoun at his best, Israel struggled to take control and can be considered lucky to have come away with a point.
Switzerland won their game to leapfrog Israel into second place. It could have all been so different had Israel not conceded a last gasp equaliser away to Latvia in October last year.
Israel face Greece again on Wednesday night in a must-win encounter if they hope to win the group and with it, automatic qualification for South Africa 2010.
The winners of the group automatically qualify and the top 8 best runners up proceed to the sudden death qualification play offs.