The awkward moment Prince Charles misses a handshake with Mike Pence

Prince Charles failure to shake hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at the start of a World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem on Thursday raised speculations but a later handshake cleared the air.

The Prince of Wales is in Israel ahead of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

Charles met Holocaust survivors on the opening day of his visit and will later visit occupied territories in Palestine.

He also viewed fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and visited a reconstructed synagogue on a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, as well as meeting with Israel's president.

Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales speaks with George Shefi (left) and Marta Wise (second left) at a reception for British Holocaust survivors at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (Frank Augstein/AP)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales with dignitaries at the Shrine Of The Book (Victoria Jones/PA)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
A view of the Dead Sea Scrolls, during a visit by Charles (Victoria Jones/PA)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales with Israel Museum board chairman Isaac Molho (left) and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Victoria Jones/PA)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
A visit to the Shrine Of The Book (Victoria Jones/PA)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales with President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem (Victoria Jones/PA)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales plants a tree (Victoria Jones/PA)

The Prince of Wales hears about the Shrine of the Book exhibition which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world's oldest biblical manuscripts.

HRH had the opportunity to view the scrolls inside the Shrine of the Book. pic.twitter.com/AmYUy9NEcd

— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) January 23, 2020

Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
Charles greets guests at a reception for British Holocaust survivors (Frank Augstein/AP)
Royal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories - Day One
The Prince of Wales meets President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence (Victoria Jones/PA)
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