Mandela funeral MC accidentally announces presence of Netanyahu, Peres

PM and president are not attending the ceremony, but the master of ceremonies was apparently not informed.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 10, 2013 14:54
Shimon Peres and Binyamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu peres combo 370. (photo credit: GPO)

 
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The master of ceremonies at the memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela accidentally announced the presence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, although they did not attend the event.

Netanyahu had announced on Monday, that he would not be leading a delegation to the funeral due to "security and cost concerns."

Peres, a second option, then also announced that he would not be attending due to recommendations from his doctor, since he had been under the weather with a bad case of the flu.


Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein at the memorial serivce for Nelson Mandela.Eventually, three hours before the Knesset delegation was supposed to fly, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein flew Monday night to the memorial service, along with the first female Ethiopian MK Pnina Tamnu-Shata (Yesh Atid), as well as MKs Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Gila Gamliel (Likud Beytenu) and Hilik Bar (Labor).

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