In an apparent slip of the tongue, Benjamin Netanyahu called Israel a 'nuclear power' before correcting himself to say 'energy power'. Israel is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal but hasn't confirmed or denied this https://t.co/tLCGX2ZrUX pic.twitter.com/uGXF5MzM8y
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 5, 2020
In an apparent slip of the tongue on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Israel as a nuclear power before correcting himself with a bashful nod and an embarrassed smile.[…] “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.
Israel’s nuclear program was exposed by Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu in 1986. Vanunu was forcibly drugged and kidnapped by the Mossad in Italy and taken back to Israel to be thrown in prison for 18 years. Vanunu was tortured through solitary confinement for 11 of the years he spent in prison.