Washington, Apr.27 (ANI): US National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen (retired) James Jones, has apologized for a Jewish joke that he made last week to kick off an address.
According to a Christian Science Monitor (CSM) report, when Lt. Gen. Jones made the joke, the room erupted in laughter at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel organization.
Apparently not everyone in the room was amused, and by Monday, when the Israeli paper Haaretz published a story, a full-fledged international incident was born.
On Monday, Jones issued an apology. In addition, the White House did not include the off-the-cuff joke in its official transcript of his remarks.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs denied any cover-up.
“It was obviously an on-camera speech. There was no attempt to deceive,” Gibbs said as per a Fox News report.
“I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel”s security is sacrosanct,” Jones said. (ANI)