Awkward: Netanyahu forgets 'great friend' Boris Johnson's name

Awkward: Netanyahu forgets 'great friend' Boris Johnson's name
Benjamin Netanyahu forgot Boris Johnson's name when speaking to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday, claiming he was testing them when he was met with sniggers at the blunder.
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09 September, 2019
Binyamin Netanyahu momentarily forgot Boris Johnson's name [AFP]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu momentarily forgot Boris Johnson’s name during a press briefing after a short visit to London.

Ahead of the Israeli elections, Netanyahu visited London last week to meet with Johnson – a stanch ally of Netanyahu and supporter of Israel.

His office on Sunday released a video of Netanyahu briefing Tel Aviv’s cabinet where he momentarily forgets his name and confuses him with a Russian official who died more than 10 years ago.

“I’ve returned from a very pleasant visit in London, where I’ve met with Prime Minister Boris Yeltsin and the US defence secretary,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

He was met with awkward smiles from the rest of the cabinet, before he corrected himself, saying he only mixed up the two names because he wanted to make sure the cabinet was paying attention to what he was saying.

During his trip to London Netanyahu and Johnson issued a stark warning to Iran.

"This morning we were informed of another violation, more defiance, by Iran, this time in its striving to attain nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said on Thursday.

"This is not the time to hold talks with Iran; this is the time to increase the pressure on Iran."