Hit’s Okay, Mes Amis

The other morning the front page of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Bernard Kouchner, France’s foreign minister, as saying Israel might “eat” the country’s arch enemy, Iran, before it got nuclear arms. The next day the newspaper ran a correction because it turned out Kouchner, speaking in English, had dropped his “h” and actually said Israel might “hit” Iran. Kouchner apologized for the “phonetic confusion,” and promised to start working with “Ooked on Phonics.”

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