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Israel’s Medal of Freedom

Sign calling on Israeli president Shimon Peres to help free Jonathan Pollard.

Sign calling on Israeli president Shimon Peres to help free Jonathan Pollard.
Photo Credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90

Jonathan Pollard has repeatedly expressed his remorse publicly and in private letters to the President and others. He has made it clear that he regrets breaking the law, and wishes he could have found a legal way to act upon his concerns for Israel. If he were freed, after more than 26 years in jail, he would be on the next plane to Israel, to live out his life here.

If the Medal of Freedom is to mean anything it must come with action. The US should release Pollard now; he can fly back on the plane with Shimon Peres and end an ugly and dishonorable chapter in US history…or, Peres should go to the prison where Jonathan is being held and give him the Medal of Freedom. Israel can only accept it and all it means when Jonathan comes home. We’ll have it here – when Jonathan brings it home.

We released 1,027 terrorists for Gilad Shalit; we can give up one medal and perhaps embarrass the US government just a little for another man captured and held in darkness for so many years. Gilad’s captivity has ended; he’s back in the sunshine of Israel. Jonathan Pollard deserves no less.

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