Whatever you think about Jonathan Pollard, there are some basic facts of the case that cannot be ignored. Chief among them are:
- Jonathan Pollard has served longer for the crime he was sentenced for than anyone else convicted of like crimes.
- The United States of America made – and broke – a plea bargain agreement they made with Jonathan Pollard.
- Jonathan Pollard has no interest in remaining in America. Were he to be freed, he would come to Israel, never to return or hurt the United States.
And one last point – what Jonathan Pollard gave to Israel should have been given to Israel under agreements made between the U.S. and Israel.
With all of that, I’ll say one more thing. I don’t want Obama to come to Israel. We don’t need his pressure, we don’t need the traffic headaches, and we honestly don’t need his opinions. But if he is to come, let him at least, at very least, bring Jonathan home to Israel.
What Jonathan Pollard did – almost THIRTY YEARS AGO – was wrong. The US was wrong and perhaps Israel was wrong – but it has been Jonathan Pollard who has paid the price, far and above what should have been demanded. It is time, past time, to end this farce.
Obama, don’t come…or at least have the decency to bring Jonathan Pollard home.
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