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Miss Israel to Ask for Jonathan Pollard’s Release

Signs, hecklers, and protests urging the spy’s release continue

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Leading up to and now carrying through President Obama’s visit, one inescapable name has been that of convicted American spy Jonathan Pollard. American and Israeli politicians have filed pleas asking for his release, a petition has garnered 175,000 signatures in Israel, Gilad Shalit has spoken out along with several members of the Knesset.

With Obama in Israel, an array of signs, protests, and other forms of public notice have cropped up to bring Pollard’s cause to the forefront, even as Obama has issued a statement saying that he has no immediately plans to release him. Today, during the President’s speech in Jerusalem, a heckler added his voice to the chorus:

As you can see, Obama knew how to handle it. But that doesn’t mean the issue is going away. The latest news is that Yityish Aynaw, the newly minted Miss Israel, whom President Obama will reportedly meet tonight at the State Dinner plans to bring up Pollard’s issue if she gets the chance.

Chances are, if President Obama can turn down Esther Pollard, Shimon Peres, Gilad Shalit, members of the American Jewish leadership, and the grassroots popular calls, Miss Israel doesn’t stand a chance.

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Michael says:

Thank the Lord it is not President Clinton. He’d let the rat out of his cage.

oaklandj says:

Oh, please. Pollard was a spy, and he was caught. Espionage is illegal everywhere. Clinton and Bush wisely denied Pollard clemency, and so should Obama.
And those who obsess about this issue are making Israel look like it doesn’t have its priorities straight. In one breath, Israel is on the brink of destruction by each and every one of its neighbors, and yet, let’s make an espionage case from 30 years ago our top priority. Sickening.

    Israel is on the brink largely because of US foreign policy. Israel could easily take care of itself, if it hadn’t been for the US. We had ’67 before you came along. After the US restraining us, the mullahs and al Qaeda came along. PS your facts are incorrect, Pollard was never convicted of spying or espionage.

      Larry Linn says:

      The United States has provided Israel with $233.7 billion in aid ‏(after
      adjusting for inflation‏) since the state was formed in 1948 through
      the end of last year. Since Israel could easily take care of itself, will you please refund the aid back to the United States taxpayers.

      oaklandj says:

      He was guilty of conspiracy to pass national defense information to a foreign government.
      And if Israel really could go it alone, why doesn’t it?

It’s a shame. I really liked her.

genelevit says:

I wonder what secrets did he actually disclose? How important they were? No one tells anything. Did he do more damage to the USA security than did Morris and Lona Cohens (spied for USSR, convicted, served eight years in prison, less than half of their sentences), or Thomas Cavanaugh (sold Russians stealth bomber secrets, sentenced to life imprisonment in 1984, released in 2001), or Boyce (sentenced to 40 years, released after 25), or Lonetree (sentenced to 30 years for revealing KGB names of CIA agents, served 9 years). Why Polard received harsher sentence than these spies? And why they were pardoned but he isn’t?

    I read an article not too long ago about this and under a freedom of information request the documents were declassified. Pollard was collecting information on Arab states.

    Just seems like a case of classic Jew-hate. The US State Dept is full of Nazis like Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

      oaklandj says:

      Typical paranoiac sentiments of the professional victims that are championing Pollard’s cause.

PhillipNagle says:

Pollard’s name should come up any time the US asks Israel to release some arab terrorist.

I believe that there is more than we have been told. 28 years is a long time

I don’t get it, Americans never stop standing up for Israel regarding US foreign policy. (Such as Obama making public Israel’s friendship with Azerbaijan as a poss base for striking Iran. Or pressurizing Israel to withdraw from Gaza or Southern Lebanon, or back in 1982 threatening sanctions against Israel if she struck Saddam’s nuclear reactor in Osiraq.)

Yet when Israel wants to know what is behind these strange decisions, Americans feel outraged. To them I say TOUGH LUCK, YOUR LEADERS ARE INSANE.

Unfortunately, spying is the way of the world and the US spies on Israel too. Anyone who thinks otherwise is naive.

    oaklandj says:

    Of course the US spies on Israel. And if Israel caught one of those spies and locked them up in jail, that would be just fine. This is known territory for any professional spy.

      Guest says:

      Here’s one–Yosef Amit.

      “After a lengthy closed trial in the Haifa District Court, Amit was sentenced to 12 years in prison in April 1987 (at the time 15 years was the maximum sentence).”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosef_Amit

      Based on this standard, Pollard should have been released at least 13 years ago.

      JeffE says:

      Here’s one–Yosef Amit.

      “After a lengthy closed trial in the Haifa District Court, Amit was
      sentenced to 12 years in prison in April 1987 (at the time 15 years was
      the maximum sentence).”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y

      Based on this standard, Pollard should have been released at least 16 years ago.

      JeffE says:

      Sorry, the guest was me. Please ignore that one and read the second one instead.

      JeffE says:

      Here’s one–Yosef Amit.

      “After a lengthy closed trial in the Haifa District Court, Amit was
      sentenced to 12 years in prison in April 1987 (at the time 15 years was
      the maximum sentence).”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosef_Amit

      Based on this standard, Pollard should have been released at least 16 years ago.

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