Gaffe-prone US President Joe Biden now confuses Six-Day War with Yom Kippur battle

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Washington Published: Dec 03, 2021, 09:39 AM(IST)

US President Joe Biden got confused between 1967 Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War of 1973 (file photo). Photograph:( AFP )

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US President Joe Biden seems to be highly gaffe-prone as he has done it again. During a menorah lighting celebration at White House for Hanukkah, the president appeared to forget Arab–Israeli history as he got confused between 1967 Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War of 1973. The president was recalling a meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Meir in 1973

US President Joe Biden seems to be highly gaffe-prone as he has done it again. During a menorah lighting celebration at White House for Hanukkah, the president appeared to forget Arab–Israeli history as he got confused between 1967 Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War of 1973.   

"I have known every prime minister well since Golda Meir, including Golda Meir. And during the Six-Day War, I had an opportunity too — she invited me to come over because I was going to be the liaison between she and the Egyptians about the Suez, and so on and so forth," the president told East Room guests recently.  

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During Six-Day War, Biden was only 25 and was studying in second year of law school. At that time, he had not launched his political career.  

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The president was recalling a meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Meir in 1973 when he was a 30-year-old senator from Delaware, who made his first visit to Israel.  

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"She was taking pictures and the press. She looked straight ahead, but, talking to me, she said, 'Why', she said, 'Why do you look so sad?' And I said, and I almost turned and I said, 'Well, Madam Prime Minister,' I said, 'You’ve painted such a dismal picture’," Biden told the crowd.  

"She said, 'Oh, no, no, no.' She said, 'Don’t worry. We have a secret weapon in our battle in this area.' And I almost turned again. I said, 'What's that?' She said, 'We have no place else to go’," Biden added.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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