The First Lady slapped away the President’s hand, in front of the world’s media, as they were greeted by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and wife, Sara, who walked side by side as they left.
With Mr Netanyahu and his partner holding hands as they strolled down the red carpet, President Trump offered the same gesture to his wife.
However, the First Lady appears to bat away his hand as they continue their journey away from Air Force One.
Among the officially invited guests at Ben Gurion airport were Israeli ministers, security figures and religious leaders.
Some ministers had been offered to attend after it was reported a number had planned to skip President Trump’s reception.
Commenting on the moment, Niraj Warikoo of the Detroit Free Press said: “It appears First Lady Melania Trump slaps away President Trump’s hand as he reaches to hold it while on the tarmac in Israel.”
In a joint statement on the tarmac, President Trump and Mr Netanyahu referred to hopes of a wider peace deal in the region.
He said: “During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope.
“We have before use rate opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”
President Trump also used his visit to Israel to warn of the threat posed by Iran if it acquires nuclear weapons.
The American told reporters in Jerusalem: “Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon.”
He added Iran must also “cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias”.
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