In order to extend the “peace” negotiations, the U.S. has offered to release Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of espionage decades ago, in exchange for Israel’s release of the remaining convicted terrorists that had been part of the peace deal, plus hundreds of others, plus an agreement to freeze building homes for Jews, according to the Middle Eastern news outlet Al-Arabiya.
The Palestinian Arabs will agree not to do what they already agreed not to do: suspend their ongoing plans to join various UN bodies, including the Geneva Convention on the conduct of war and occupation.
Can you imagine? Israel feels threatened by the Palestinian Arabs’ promise to accuse the Jewish state of war crimes? Virtually the only way in which the Palestinian Arabs engage in military actions constitute war crimes: the use of human shields, hiding amongst civilians, shooting amongst civilians, kidnapping civilians, and refusing to allow hostages to meet with the International Red Cross.
Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. army analyst, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987. At the time of his trial, Pollard entered a plea agreement with the U.S. government to admit to espionage, in exchange for a sentence that was not excessive. Instead, the U.S. government reneged on its end of the deal and sentenced Pollard to the harshest sentence ever given to anyone who passed secrets to an ally.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had harshly criticized Israel, and tossed a few comments of “unhelpful” towards the Palestinian Arabs, regarding the breakdown in negotiations last week.
According to an informed source, although U.S. officials in the Middle East are confirming that a deal has been reached, and Israeli officials are saying a deal has been reached, White House and State Department officials in Washington are saying there is no deal.
The original date set for the negotiations to culminate in an agreement was April 29. This new alleged deal is sure to extend that deadline.
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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