Phone fun with Israeli politicians

January 11, 2013 - 11:10 AM by

Prime Minister Netanyahu can't believe I hung up on him.

Prime Minister Netanyahu can’t believe I hung up on him.

We’re one of those few families left with an old fashioned land line, non-cordless phone. The other day, it rang and my son answered. After a couple seconds, he called out, “Daddy, it’s Aryeh Deri.”

I got up from whatever I was doing, looking at him suspiciously and wondering why the one-time Shas wunderkind, later felon, and now political comeback kid would be calling me.

Sure enough, when I picked up the phone, there was his voice in mid-sentence explaining why Shas was the party with soul who would take care of the people. I chuckled as I put down the receiver on the taped message, and later recounted the incident to my wife.

“Yes, Shelly Yachimovitz called yesterday,” she said, referring to the leader of the Labor Party, who’s trying to come out on top of the center block against Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Tzipi Livni’s Tnuah Party.

It must be election season, with the major parties taking advantage of telephone technology to blanket the potential voters. Almost makes one feel important.
Of course, getting junk phone (is that a term?) can have its downside. One friend stated publicly on Facebook that she would discount voting for any party who called her with a taped message. She may not have anyone to vote for by election day.

Last night, we were watching Maccabi Tel Aviv play in the Euroleague playoffs, and in the middle of the exciting third quarter, sure enough the phone rang. I picked it up and heard the familiar tones of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Even though I knew it was a tape, I politely asked before hanging up, “Can you call back after the game please?”

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