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.