My Israeli friend, Zvi Solow, just wrote me about Dick Cheney’s blessed visit to the Holy Land. I was so touched to know that he davened there on Easter. Perhaps he was looking for a divine sign of the resurrection of his political prospects. Jesus may be able to raise the dead but even he can’t help Bush-Cheney. CBS reports that he sang Amazing Grace during the prayer service. Do you think even God would save a “wretch like him?”
Zvi wrote the following:
Richard this should interest you. On Geula Even’s evening news program she revued Cheyne’s visit here & commented on what he said: “with opinions like that he would have no problem integrating into the Likud”
Zvi knows that I’ve been writing here about how all the political candidates with the exception of Obama seem to be aping the Likud political line, which is why he wrote this to me.
I couldn’t help noticing Zvi’s delightful misspelling of Cheney’s name. Then I started to think: Cheyne. This reminded me of course of “cheynek” as in hoch mir nit kin cheynek (lit. “don’t beat my teapot” or “go way, you bother me”). So forevermore Dick Cheney will be known here as Dick “Go Way You Bother Me” Cheynek thanks to my friend Zvi. There is something akin to beating a teapot about Cheynek’s obsession with jihadis, the Muslim Caliphate and the like.
Returning to Vice President Cheynek. Reuters quotes him as saying:
“The United States will never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security.”
Actually, all he needed to say was: “The U.S. will never pressure Israel.” That would describe pretty well Bush Administration policy. And of course it would be music to a Likudnik’s ears. We should remember that this is almost precisely what Lawrence Eagleburger told a United Jewish Communities audience in a three-way debate about Israel policy among representatives of the three presidential candidates:
“He [McCain] isn’t going to push the Israelis.”
Why do I hear a Likud choir singing: “They’re playing our song?”