In an anecdote told during a White House celebration marking Hanukkah, President Joe Biden seemed to mix up the 1967 Six Day War with the Yom Kippur War, which took place six years later.
During a menorah lighting on Wednesday, Biden told guests in the East Room that he had known every Israeli prime minister since Golda Meir, who served as the country’s fourth head of government.
He said: “During the Six Day War…she invited me to come over because I was going to be the liaison between she and the Egyptians about the Suez.”
He said he sat “in front of her desk” as she flipped through a “bevy of maps,” adding “it was so depressing…about what happened. She gave me every detail.”
Those desperate to convince you that Biden is some sort of hologram want to focus on the fact that during the Six Day War, which took place between June 5 and 10, 1967, Biden then aged 25, was in his second year of law school at Syracuse University and hadn’t yet launched his political career.
Or that Meir wasn’t elected prime minister until 1969, or two years after the short conflict in which Israel defeated a surprise attack from an Arab coalition of Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
They don’t want you to pay attention to the fact that of everything that Biden said, the only incorrect thing was that he called it the Six Day War instead of the Yom Kippur War. Biden was recalling his 1973 meeting with Meir, when he made his first trip to Israel as a 30-year-old senator from Delaware, an anecdote he has shared before.
Excerpts from a classified memo by a senior Israeli official reported by Israeli media last year gave different details of the pair’s meeting nearly five decades ago.
During their talks, Biden told Meir that Israel’s capture of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war amounted to “creeping annexation.”
Biden said in the meeting that because he believed Israel was militarily dominant, it could make the first move for peace by withdrawing from areas that held no strategic importance, the Times of Israel reported, citing Channel 13.
Meir rejected Biden’s appeal and gave him a speech about the region and its problems, the paper reported. The unnamed Israeli official said Biden had demonstrated respect toward the Israeli leader, but “displayed a fervor and made comments that signaled his lack of diplomatic experience,” The Times reported.