Biden won’t be greeted by line of Israeli dignitaries when he lands

In contrast with his predecessors, US President Joe Biden, when he arrives in Israel on Wednesday afternoon, will not be greeted by a long line of notables waiting to meet him.

Ministers were told in writing today, Channel 12 reports, that “because of scheduling pressure, COVID, and the hot weather, the US president will not shake hands with the invited [guests at the airport arrival ceremony], and there will be no opportunity for personal photographs.”

Still, the ministers are invited to attend the welcoming ceremony, set to take place after Biden lands at Ben Gurion Airport at 3:25 p.m. He will be greeted by Prime Minister Yair Lapid and President Herzog, with Alterative Prime Minister Naftali Bennett possibly speaking as well, the report says.

Channels 12 and 13 report that much of the president’s itinerary is still in the air, and it is unclear whether he will speak at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

There are also as doubts as to whether he will attend the Maccabiah Games.

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