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Israel nuclear power: Netanyahu slip of the tongue or subtle warning

Tuesday, January 7th 2020 - 09:36 UTC
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Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a deal with Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline. Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a deal with Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline.

In an apparent slip of the tongue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.

Israel is widely believed to have an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it has nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the issue for decades.

Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a deal with Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline.

“The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a nuclear power,” he said, before quickly correcting himself to say “energy power”.

He then paused for a beat, acknowledging his mistake with a smile, and then ploughed on with his comments.

The rare blooper from one of Israel’s most polished politicians swiftly proliferated on social media.

Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival in a March 2 vote after two inconclusive elections in April and September. In November, he was indicted on corruption charges, which he denies.

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  • Don Alberto

    A sly and experienced politician like Netanyahu would never make a slip of the tongue of this kind.

    It's clearly a warning: We have nukes, do you want one of them?

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 11:45 am +1
  • NativeAngeleno

    WHY has the accused criminal Netanyahu been allowed to stay in office at this point?? He has dug a hole from which Israel may never re-emerge in tieing the existance of the state to long-term success of the Trump Party, in so doing alienating the opposition Democrats who have earned the support of 61% of US voters against a president who 49.9% of active-duty military views “strongly unfavorably” according to the Military Times, and who has lost the majority of voters in the country, from 53% of white women down to 27% and falling. CLEARLY Netanyahu is not the guy Israel should be ALLOWING to remain in office while he is under indictment!

    In its stupidity, the Israel electorate is following Netanyahu down a rat hole to hell.

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 06:21 pm +1
  • Jack Bauer

    NAngeleno
    ”WHY has the accused criminal (???)Netanyahu been allowed to stay in office at this point??”

    Has he been tried, and convicted, or is that just (your) wishful thinking ?
    But to answer your question, I can ask you one: ”why did the self-righteous democraPs try to elect Hillary ?
    With you lefties seems everything is about socialism and political correctness, plus the fact you all dislike those who don't agree with you....how about practising a bit of tolerance instead of just preaching it ? LOL

    Jan 07th, 2020 - 08:28 pm +1
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