President Biden wasn’t supposed to shake hands with any foreign leader during his first Middle East trip. It’s a precaution aides said was meant to protect him from Covid-19 — but one that would conveniently help avoid a handshake with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the second leg of his tour. But in this video, you can see him fist-bumping the Israel premier and several other officials after stepping off Air Force One in Tel Aviv. He later had an extended handshake with Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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The United States pays for 20% of Israel’s military budget while Israel has a space program, universal health care, and still runs a budget surplus for six of the last ten years
The handshakes are the least of the problems.