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Biden's Fist-Bump Fiasco Muddles Bid to Avoid MBS Handshake

  • US president bumped fists with Lapid, shook Netanyahu’s hand
  • Biden set to meet later in trip with Saudi crown prince
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WATCH: President Joe Biden arrives in Israel.Source: Bloomberg
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A glowing orb, a back-slapping embrace, a formal handshake, or a cool, Covid-appropriate fist bump? For all the talk of oil, the most pressing decision for President Joe Biden this week could come down to choosing the appropriate greeting for the Saudi leader he vowed to snub.

It’s a decision that just got more complicated after Biden was caught in an extended handshake with Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and then couldn’t seem to stop doing the same with other Israeli officials during a visit to Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust.