Iran representative shakes hands with Israeli tourism minister in Madrid
20-Jan-2010 (3 comments)

Israel's Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov made unlikely history in Madrid on Wednesday when he shook the hand of an Iranian tourism representative, Israel Radio reported.

The two found themselves face to face at a reception in Madrid with the Spanish Royal family.

Previously, when confronted with Israelis, Iranian officials have shunned contact. In the past, Iran has even pulled out of sporting tournaments to avoid encounters with Israeli athletes.

This time the Iranian representative, who like Misezhnikov, was visiting Madrid for a trade fair, surprised the Israeli minister and grasped his hand before inviting him to visit Iran.

Misezhnikov, who also visited the Egyptian, Jordanian and Moroccan stalls at the fair, replied that tourism could be a "bridge for peace" and that he looked forward to the day when all Israelis could visit Iran.

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Anonymous Observer

You know the story is true

by Anonymous Observer on

when "" gets his panties in a bunch over it. :-)

But as I said somewhere else, IRI officials do not shake hands with Israelis.  Their interactions with Israel is limited to them buying weapons from those evil "Zionists".   


Don't believe

by on

everything you read in the papers. The same "hot news" was circulated last year from Israeli sources. For some strange reason, Israel spreads such bogus news pointing to "hand shakes" and "face to face meetings" with Iranian officials.

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Multiple Personality Disorder

Good grief! Now there're going to visit each other!

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

Is there a picture?  I won't believe this story till I see a non-Photoshoped picture.