OY VEY: Biden bumbles through gaffe-filled trip to Israel

Biden stated that we should "keep alive the truth and 'honor' of the Holocaust," before quickly correcting himself to say "horror of the Holocaust."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden touched down in Tel Aviv for the first leg of his trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

During his time in Israel, Biden touted former president Trump's Abraham Accords, and paid respects to the Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. In typical Biden fashion, however, the serious aspects of his visit were arguably overshadowed by his many gaffes.

Upon touching down in Tel Aviv, Biden delivered a speech in which he called for a deeper relationship between Israel and the US, as well as with other nations in the region.

He then proceeded to state that we should "keep alive the truth and 'honor' of the Holocaust," before quickly correcting himself to say "horror of the Holocaust."

Prior to arriving in Israel, the White House informed Prime Minister Yair Lapid that Biden would not be shaking hands with anyone in an attempt to "reduce contact" and the spread of COVID-19.

Upon completion of a joint US-Israeli press conference, however, Biden appeared to forget the guidelines the White House set forth, holding his hand out to greet the person to his right.

Thankfully, the rules were not broken, as there was nobody there to receive his handshake.

This is not the first time the president has turned to shake someone's hand only to be met with thin air. In April, following a speech at the North Carolina Agricultural Academy, he made a similar move.

After seeing Biden on stage at a hospital in East Jerusalem, it is unlikely any officials would have wanted to shake his hands anyways. During his speech, he coughed into his hands not once, but twice, actions which run contrary to CDC guidelines, which clearly state that the best way to prevent the spread of germs and viruses is to cough "into your elbow, not your hands."

It wouldn't be a Biden speech without the president delving into his family history. In this case, he pointed out his Irish American ancestry and the persecution his ancestors faced from the British. He went on to suggest it was "not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain."

During his time in politics, Biden has been supportive of improving relations in the Middle East.

While reminiscing over the fact that he'd been helping build a relationship between the US and Israel for over fifty years, Biden said it "can't be that long."


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