Indeed, Free Speech Union General Secretary Toby Young highlighted that the Shakespeare inference doesn’t even work. He told The European Conservative:
“Steve Bell says it was a reference to a famous cartoon of LBJ pointing to a Vietnam-shaped scar on his stomach, and Bell made that explicit by writing “After David Levine” on the cartoon. I think we should accept that explanation. To claim it was a reference to Shylock doesn’t make sense because Shylock at no point tries to remove, or threatens to remove, a pound of flesh from his own body. It’s a forfeit he wants his debtor to pay. In addition, the flesh Netanyahu is about to remove in the cartoon weighs considerably more than a pound.”
Michael Curzon, The European Conservative, 18th October 2023.