Watch: Netanyahu Meets Israel’s Olympic Judokas

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday with Israel’s newly returned judo delegation to the Olympic Games in Rio, telling bronze medal winners Or Sasson and Yarden Gerbi that they are inspiration to the whole country.

Netanyahu also said he received messages from Egypt, insisting that not everyone supported Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby, who refused to shake hands with Sasson after his defeat by the Israeli in the preliminary round of the over-100kg competition.

The Egyptian judoka raised a storm in Rio when he also refused to bow after losing the match on Friday. He was ordered back to the mat to bow, which is demanded of judokas, and later reprimanded by an Olympic disciplinary commission.

Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and Sports Minister Miri Regev met with the two medalists and the rest of the team — Sagi Muki, Golan Pollack, Shira Rishoni and Gili Cohen — at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.

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