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2008 – Bashar avoids shaking Olmert’s hand

January 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Politics

This is a classic video from the 2008 Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

With Bashar as Sarkozy’s guest of honour, the Syrian President narrowly avoids shaking Ehud Olmert’s hand. Twice. Olmert is moving along the line shaking hands with each person he meets. He is one person away from Bashar, when the Syrian President makes a clear hand signal as if to say “erm, I need to speak to someone over…there” and walks off in the opposite direction.

Meanwhile, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak practically knocks people over to get close to the then-Israeli Prime Minister, laughing with him and hugging him like a lover.

Pics via Euronews. The laughter you can hear is coming from the reporters and camera crews – it sounds as if they are watching a football match. Syria 1 – Israel 0.

(Thanks Noor)

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  • 1 3arabawy BookMarx 01/13/2010 (a.m.) « 3arabawy // Jan 13, 2010 at 6.32 am

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  • 2 Raed ibn al sham // Feb 2, 2010 at 4.20 pm

    If you look closely just before this, Egypt’s president Mubarak gives Olmert a hug. Oh Egypt how far you have come and how low you have stooped. History will always remember.

  • 3 Raed ibn al sham // Feb 2, 2010 at 8.10 pm

    Bravo Bashar. It is a brave man who doesn’t shake hands with the people whose hands are full of innocent blood, while you masterfully avoid soiling yourself with this killer, Egypt’s president hugs him, President Nasser and the thousands of brave Egytptian soldeirs who died fighting these baby killers will be turning in their grave.

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