It was the laughing fit that nearly brought down an entire country.

Israel's education minister Rabbi Shai Piron was called before the Knesset to deliver the government's position on a law to prevent dangerous items from being smuggled into local prisons, but was unable to finish his speech due to a sudden outbreak of giggles.

His laughter quickly infected other lawmakers, and soon enough the entire late-night session came to a standstill.

After several long minutes, Piron finally gave up and ceded the dais to Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, who was thankfully able to wrap things up.

Though some are attributing Piron's giggling to juvenile amusement at seeing the word "penetration" in his speech, Piron himself says he and his colleagues were merely exhausted from working past their bedtime.

[H/T: HyperVocal]