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Boris Johnson and Benjamin Netanyahu on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, Sept. 5, 2019
PM's office airbrushes Netanyahu's 'Yeltsin' gaffe
Netanyahu misspoke at Sunday cabinet meeting, referring to his British counterpart Boris Johnson as the former Russian president, but recording later released had dubbed over the gaffe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has released a video that clumsily tries to edit out a gaffe where he calls the British prime minister the wrong name.

 

 

Netanyahu misspoke at Sunday's weekly Cabinet meeting, referring to his British counterpart Boris Johnson as Boris Yeltsin, the former Russian president who died in 2007.

 

Boris Johnson and Benjamin Netanyahu on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Screenshot, Sky News)
Boris Johnson and Benjamin Netanyahu on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London, Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Screenshot, Sky News)
 

 

Cabinet ministers immediately corrected his error, which he then sought to turn into a joke, commenting that he wanted to be sure that they were all awake.

 

 

But an official video of the meeting released hours later suddenly cuts away from Netanyahu at the moment he says Yeltsin — instead he's heard saying "Boris Johnson."

 

The gaffe comes as Netanyahu fights for his survival ahead of next week's re-do election.

 

His campaign has branded the long-serving leader as a veteran statesman with close relations with world leaders.

 

The two premiers met Thursday during Netanyahu's snap trip to London.

 

 

 


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