On Wednesday, President Biden added to his list of gaffes at a speech in Israel, saying we must keep alive the “honor of the Holocaust.”
President Biden made the slipup not long after disembarking his plane, kicking off an undoubtedly awkward two-day visit with Israel’s leadership.
“Later today, I will once more return to the hallowed ground of … Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish lives that were stolen in a genocide and continue — which we must do every, every day — continue to bear witness, to keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust — horror of the Holocaust — honor those we lost, so that we never, ever forget that lesson, you know, and to continue our shared, unending work to fight the poison of anti-Semitism wherever it raises its ugly head,” Biden said.
“Biden Gaffes in Israel: ‘Honor of the Holocaust…Horror of the Holocaust,’” read a tweet from the Daily Caller. “This administration can’t go a single day without embarrassing itself.”
Biden later visited the Yad Vashem memorial built in honor of Holocaust victims in Jerusalem. He was invited to rekindle the eternal flame in the Hall of Remembrance at the memorial.
The gaffe comes less than a week after Biden’s previous in which he pulled a Ron Burgundy reading lines off the teleprompter that said “end of quote, repeat the line” after finishing a section of his speech. The slipup prompted significant social media response, and many critics made jokes at the president’s expense.
This visit is Biden’s first since he took office, and the president is expected to offer some reassurances to Israeli leaders that they will continue to be protected against the growth of Iran’s nuclear program. With their nuclear program on the rise, increased calls for Israel’s destruction, and their support for rogue militant groups in the area, Iran is viewed as Israel’s worst enemy.
On Thursday, the U.S. and Israel are expected to sign a declaration cementing military ties and strengthening calls to halt Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials said that both countries would commit to “using all elements of their national power against the Iranian nuclear threat.”
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