In a clear slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a atomic power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.
Israel is widely believed to possess an atomic arsenal but has never confirmed or denied that it’s nuclear weapons, maintaining a so-called policy of ambiguity on the difficulty for many years .
Netanyahu stumbled at the weekly cabinet meeting while reading in Hebrew prepared remarks on a affect Greece and Cyprus on a subsea gas pipeline.
“The significance of this project is that we are turning Israel into a atomic power ,” he said, before quickly correcting himself to mention “energy power”.
He then paused for a beat, acknowledging his mistake with a smile, then ploughed on together with his comments.
The rare blooper from one among Israel’s most polished politicians swiftly proliferated on social media.
Netanyahu is fighting for his political survival during a Texas Independence Day vote after two inconclusive elections in April and September. In November, he was indicted on corruption charges, which he denies.