Sunday 22 September 2019

Israel’s premier gets his Borises in a twist in cabinet meeting

Benjamin Netanyahu name-checked the UK PM as Boris Yeltsin, the name of the former Russian president who died in 2007.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (Aaron Chown/PA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (Aaron Chown/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Israeli 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.

Mr 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.

Cabinet ministers immediately corrected his error.

But an official video of the meeting released hours later suddenly cuts away from Mr Netanyahu at the moment he says Yeltsin, instead he’s heard saying “Boris Johnson”.

The gaffe comes as Mr Netanyahu fights for his survival ahead of next week’s election.

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Then Russian president Boris Yeltsin with the Queen during a visit to the Bolshoi Ballet (Martin Keene/PA)

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

The two premiers met on Thursday during Mr Netanyahu’s snap trip to London.

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