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Israel's Katzav shakes hands with Syria's Assad, talks with Iran's Khatami

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 08:30 AM
ERUSALEM, April 8 (Xinhuanet) -- Israeli President Moshe Katzav shook the hand of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Roma on Friday, Israeli Public Radio reported.

The radio said Assad took the initiative to shake Katsav's hand a second time after the funeral of the Pope John Paul, the radio said.

Meanwhile, Katzav also spoke in Persian with Iran's President Mohammad Khatami at the same occasion, said the radio.

Syria is officially at war with Israel and Iran does not recognize the Jewish state.

It is very fitting for this historic act to happen during the remebrence of a man who seeked peace for a long time.

posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 04:33 AM
Khatami has flatly denied the handshake and conversation ever took place.

Israeli Handshake Fiction: Khatami
TEHRAN (AFP) - Mystery surrounded a reported handshake between the presidents of arch-foes Israel and Iran as Iranian President Mohammad Khatami vehemently denied that any such meeting had taken place.

Israeli media reported Saturday the unprecedented gesture between Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Khatami at the funeral of Pope John Paul II, and that the pair even chatted about the central Iranian town of Yazd, where they were both born.

"These allegations are false like all the other allegations (by the Israeli media) and I have not had any meeting with a personality from the Zionist regime," the IRNA agency quoted Khatami as saying on his return to Iran.

Israeli officials had swiftly moved to confirm the reports of the Iranian encounter, going so far as to say they hoped it would be followed up in a more concrete fashion.

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So who's lying?


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