It is always sad to see the reactions about freeing Pollard. He might be free today when you read this, but as I write he is still locked up. The American president seems to feel that since he has someone of ours (Pollard) and Israel wants him freed, Israel should free 400 or more Arab murderers and stop building in Judea and Samaria in return. Excuse me, please, for not understanding. I am sure that everyone in the United States already realizes that anyone who was caught spying against the U.S. for an enemy power would be out of jail after 10 or 20 years.

What is special about Jonathan Pollard? He did spy for another government, but I guess that it is far worse because he spied for an American ally rather than spying for an enemy. It is true that the information he passed was important to that American ally (Israel) and that the information was being withheld from Israel for some unknown reason, despite the agreements to share between allies. I guess that spying for a friendly government is worse than spying for an enemy government and gathering information useful against American interests. Pollard is a Jew who was helping Israel. Whoops, that may be much worse than being a Christian or a Muslim spying against America.

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I do not know if Pollard did what he did for altruistic reasons or if he did it for money or if, as some news sources love to claim, he was unstable all along. Pollard was a civilian working for U.S. Navy intelligence. A family friend seems to have set him up with an Israeli handler and Pollard volunteered to spy.

Today it seems immaterial what secrets he passed along, but from reports it was related to artillery developments in several Arab countries. It was reported that the Israelis continued to ask for secrets directly related to their security which included information about Arab and Pakistani nuclear secrets and capabilities of the Soviet weapons in Arab hands, which the U.S. should have shared with its ally, Israel!

I do not believe that Pollard was innocent or that he should receive a commendation for his acts. America withheld data from Israel because it felt that it was in the best interest of the United States to do so, even if I disagree. There are reports that Pollard did it for the money and that he handed over “suitcases of secrets” until his arrest in November 1985. No citizen should be allowed to make that kind of decision, even if he wasn’t doing it for the money. How would we react if a Muslim American would steal United States secrets about Israel and turn them over to Saudi Arabia, an American ally?

But enough is enough. Many spies who spied for Russia, an enemy of the U.S., have been released after serving fewer years in prison. David Henry Barnett was a CIA officer convicted of espionage, who admitted that he had sold CIA secrets to the Soviets. He was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment and was paroled in 1990 after serving only ten years.

Harold Nicholson was convicted of selling U.S. intelligence to Russia and was sentenced to 23 years, 7 months of imprisonment in 1997. Prosecutors believed that he had sold the identities of all the U.S. intelligence officers stationed in Russia, as well as the identities of his trainees at the CIA school.

William Kampiles, a CIA officer, was charged with espionage, and convicted. His prison sentence was reduced to 19 years, and he was released in 1996, after serving 18 years.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I wish that all of the Jews who support the Democratic Party and President Obama by donating hundreds of millions of dollars to the Democratic War Chest realize that the USA is a very anti semitic country. Basically, the White House and this President hates the Jews and the Jewish People regardless of where they live. This is the reason why Pollard is still in prison, and will probably never be released, unless he is dead.

  2. Pollard is a hero. In wake of the Holocaust any and all actions is mandated according to Halacha! No matter how "benevolent" a diaspora Government be, Chazal invoked ESAV SONESH ES YAAKOV! Some US administrationdshave been v anti-Semitic! Among them Ulyisiss Grant, FDR(refusing to bomb rail roads to Concentration camps nor letting Jews into the USA nor put pressure on England to discard the White Paper that restricted Jews to flee to the Land of Israel by during Holocaust!!! Watch Thursday 12:00 Noon go to mnn.org New York Time number 4 Judaism click beneath it Watch now!

  3. Lets not forget past and present anti-Semitic administrations as Ulylsis Grant,FDR(not allowing Jews into USA,refusing to bomb rail tracks to concentrations and failed to pressure England to discard its White Paper restricting Jews fleeing To Eretz Yisroel prior durin and after the holocaust..

  4. Nixon made anti-Semitic remarks. Jimmy Carter is openly anti-Semitic to this day! Reagan visited nazi cemetery Bitsburg with the corps of gestapo/ss nazis and when there was an uproar he responded"AW SHUCKS IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO"! In addition, he condemned Israel for bombing Iraq nuclear site! Bush I and to a lesser degree Bush II were anti-Semitic. Te most anti-Semitic President since carter is Obama! It's the first time in American history a Black president is openly anti-Semitic. The black congressional faction signed fealty to Farahkhan-trashcan! Obama administration firs in history is inter racial, inter ethnic inter religious and gender inclusive anti-Semitic! In this post holocaust era we are obligated to take any actions to save Jewish lives. REMEMBER Chazal-sages, declared Esav Soneh Es Yaakov-gentiles hate Jews!

  5. He must be just about eligible for having served his sentence, though I do believe it was rather harsh, and America if it was a christian country could have shown compassion. the man admitted his error.

  6. The NY Sun has an excellent editorial on this subject.

    First, Pollard is no more a "hero" than Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were heroic; both betrayed their countries. The major difference is that the Rosenbergs weren't doing this for money. Israel wasn't an enemy, but neither was the USSR; we weren't at war with either, and in fact the Soviet Union had been a strong ally up until a couple years before the Rosenbergs' betrayal.

    Whether Pollard has done enough time, or whether he merits some form of compassionate release due to illness is one issue. But the idea that he should be traded for Palestinian terrorists is beyond stupid; some of those terrorists will undoubedly murder again, meaning there would be blood on both American and Israeli hands.

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