The West Bank, Mr. VP? Actually, you were at Yad Vashem

March 12, 2010 03:47
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US Vice President Joseph Biden gestures as he spea

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US Vice President Joe Biden, who has a history of embarrassing verbal gaffes, made another one on Thursday when he inadvertently and indirectly referred to west Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum as the “West Bank” in his speech at Tel Aviv University.

Biden was thanking Prime Minister Netanyahu for clarifying that a building project in the northeastern Ramat Shlomo neighborhood would not be built for several years.

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“That’s significant, because it gives negotiations the time to resolve this, as well as other outstanding issues,” Biden said. “Because when it was announced, I was on the West Bank. Everyone there thought it had meant immediately the resumption of the construction of 1,600 new units.”

When Biden heard about the Ramat Shlomo announcement, he was actually at Yad Vashem following a visit to nearby Mount Herzl and not in the West Bank, which he did not visit until the next day, but he apparently misremembered his itinerary.

A source close to Netanyahu said he did not think for a moment that Biden believed Yad Vashem was in the West Bank. “I have no doubt that he made a simple mistake.”

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