Or Sasson of Israel (white) competes against Islam El Shehaby of Egypt in the Men's +100 kg Elimination Round of 32 on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Egyptian Media: Our Judoka’s Refusal To Shake Israeli’s Hand Made Us Look Extremist

TEL AVIV – Egyptian press has come out against the handshake snub by their country’s judoka, saying the Olympic athlete’s refusal to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand shows Egypt to be a “diseased culture” and only served the “Zionists” who leveraged the incident to portray Egyptians as “extremists and uncultured.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a press conference at the Chancellery following the 6th German-Israeli government consultations on February 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The two governments are scheduled to discuss issues including the Middle East peace process, cyber crime, German-language education in Israel, …

Watch: Netanyahu Meets Israel’s Olympic Judokas

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.