You know the situation in pretty tenuous, when countries rush to console their populace with words like these:
"Syria has confirmed that its leader shook hands with the Israeli president, but added that this did not change Syria's position on the Jewish state.
Iran and Syria do not recognise Israel. Syria and Israel are officially at war."
heh. Other difficult handshakes and exchanges of pleasantries: (allegedly) Israeli president with Iranian one. Prince Charles with Mugabe. Pope's funeral certainly did bring people together...