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Opinion: Jonathan Pollard is Dead


Pollard may be gumming up the works for Obama and Kerry by refusing to attend a parole hearing after a deal was proposed to free him if Israel.

Pollard may be gumming up the works for Obama and Kerry by refusing to attend a parole hearing after a deal was proposed to free him if Israel.

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: If you keep ‘working’ for his release, Pollard will soon be dead. There is no more ‘work’ for his release, no more finessing, no more cajoling, no more games. For your own sake, for your legacy, you need to get him out, now. Place the weight of Israel behind this issue: call in the friends, make some threats, throw some muscle around. Mr. Prime Minister: Make this a priority. Now.

I do not want the stain of Pollard’s ugly death in prison to be on my conscience. I do not want his death to be on my nation’s conscience. I do not want it on the conscience of PM Netanyahu or President Peres. I do not want it on the conscience of Israel’s gentile friends, or even the US administration. I do not want the ugly stain to be a permanent scar on the historical record and the collective memory of this generation. But it’s all about to happen. Unless something changes, Jonathan Pollard will die in Butler prison in the next few weeks, days, or hours.

But this is not the hour of despondency. Jonathan is still alive. Everything else has to stop until we fix this. For Jonathan’s sake, as much as ours.

About the Author: Yishai Fleisher is the Contributing Editor and PR manager at the JewishPress.com, and Israel's only English language broadcast radio show host (Galey Yisrael 106.5FM). Yishai is an Israeli Paratrooper, a graduate of Cardozo Law School, and the founder of Kumah ("Arise" in Hebrew), an NGO dedicated to promoting Zionism and strengthening Israel's national character. Yishai is married to Malkah, they have two children, and they live on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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24 Responses to “Opinion: Jonathan Pollard is Dead”

  1. Robert E. Goodman says:

    We cannot let Jonathan Pollard die in prison. Justice has been and must be served. And Mr. Pollard must go free now!

  2. I pray Obama wakes up. If he thought Katrina was bad…

    Zechariah: 10~12

    ".. and they shall look unto Me because they have thrust him through; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.
    In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
    And the land shall mourn, every family…"

  3. Deb, how can you be so negative? Where is your Emuna, your faith in G-d? We must pray for his recovery and release! Not give in to despair – Pollard himself doesn't give in to despair – how can we?

  4. Keren Neshama says:

    It seems to me, that we can only storm the Gates of Shamayim at this point. For it is HKBH that hardens the heart of Paro Obama. We need to remember that if HKBH wanted Jonathon to be free he would be free by now. For everything in this life happens by His Hand. So no, we should never give up, ever, but also we have to remember that all the begging of human beings and politicians in this life won’t do any good at all, unless HKBH first influences the person or persons to do His will. Maybe He has brought Jonathon into a much closer relationship that he ever would have had with Him, because of being incarcerated and having to rely on Him for everything. I do know that Jonathon’s reward in the Olam Haba will be very great because of the tremendous love and sacrifice that he has made on behalf of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. I do pray that Jonathon will have a refuah shleima! Also I pray that HKBH will show Jonathon rachmonous and will influence his release soon, for his sake and for the sake of his wife and family who have surely suffered very much also.

  5. Mark Kaplan says:

    Frankly, I am concerned about the health and life of a fellow Jew, who received a prison sentence that is far beyond fair or acceptable for the crime he committed. Caspar Weinberger may have escaped justice in this world, but I am more than sure he is roasting in the after-world. I am not concerned about everyone else who has wronged Pollard, I am concerned for him. I would like to see Esther calm and smiling for a change, instead of being weighed down by Jonathan's condition and being incarcerated.

  6. Edward Chudnow says:

    OMG! What a terrible shame on US. So very sad. We failed a patriot and left him to rot.

  7. We do not know the fate of Yohonatan Pollard. We will continue to pray for him…Period. Only G-d know the outcome. Are you the Creator of the Universe who knows the beginning and end of all matters? Remember that everything you say emanates in this world. All the negativity and loshon hora creatives darkness and more negativity and evil. On the other hand all the good we do and the goodness that comes out of our mouth has tremendous power too. Please watch what you say and only be positive. May G-d bless Yohonaton Pollard and bring him complete refua shleima! Please G-d bring him home alive!

  8. Good idea, Deborah, but Israel isn't going to do that. The country for which Pollard has given his life never even had the decency to acknowledge that Pollard was its agent. In fact Israel is the main reason Pollard is 27 years in an American prison. He wanted asylum in an Israel embassy and Israel locked him out. Bibi could have taken him home after the infamous Camp David negotiations if he had hung tough when Clinton went back on his word about Pollard with that flimsy excuse about his CIA director threatening to resign.

  9. If Pollard's freedom were really important to Israel, every Israeli leader from Bibi on down would be hammering on this issue every day, in every diplomatic and military meeting Israel has with America. But Israel isn't even the main problem. The silence of American Jews on Pollard is deafening. Who thinks Obama would be able to withstand the pressure in an election year if American Jews took to the streets in sustained demonstrations and loudly demanded Pollard be freed? But 90% of American Jews are secular and assimilationist. Don't hold your breath.

  10. Enough is enough! Others guilty of much more heinous crimes were not treated with such severe and inhumane punishment. Obama had better wise up (all his talk of "having Israel's back" is cheap pandering for votes) and redeem himself with positive action by pardoning Jonathan Pollard NOW, before the Passover holiday is over. To do less will just show his true sentiments and anti-Semitism.

  11. Yosef Meir says:

    Friends, tomorrow we storm the White House lines, everyone must participate and invite their friends.
    http://www.facebook.com/events/354299851288860/

  12. nelsonsamuel says:

    I did not vote for Obama, I will not vote for Obama and any Jew that votes for him needs to see a psychiatrist.

  13. Norman Melbybrauten says:

    Obama Has Done a Mis Judgment Of Not allowing The release Of Jonathan Pollard and we all Know Obama Is Not For Decency and True acts Of Kindness!

  14. Simcha Mendel says:

    Unfortunately, Jonathan Pollard made a mistake by trying to save Israel from her enemies. The government of Israel are like Pitt Bulls and Doberman Pinchers due to the fact that whoever helps them ends up being bitten up all over his or her body by the despicable Israeli government. Thank G-d, I made aliyah at an age where I never was drafted into the so-called Israeli army that throws Jews out of their homes and that attacks Jews like a bear or a tiger that escaped from its cage. It is NOT worth fighting for this country only to regret it afterwards due to the fact that the Israeli government punishes those who fight for the “State” of Israel.

  15. Deborah Blacksher says:

    Deborah I couldn't disagree more about putting pressure on Obama. He covets the Jewish vote in this country. If a few well placed Jewish folks would put some pressure on Obama he might cave. If he didn't have the jewish vote so sewed up here he would do something. He just already knows he has their vote. Every President uses "Israel is the only democracy" til they are blue in the face. Israel should scorn Obama the way he scorns your Prime Minister every time he comes here. It is a disgrace the way he treats that man.

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