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Obama Facing Vocal Opposition to Freeing Pollard

Obama is increasingly out of touch with reality.

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President Barack Obama is taking it on the chin for the suggestion that the United States free Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel’s releasing terrorists and agreeing to a partial building freeze on building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria – all of this in order to keep Israel and Palestinian Authority on the diplomatic war path for another year.

Obama has repeatedly rejected any idea that Pollard be freed from his life punishment for passing on to Israel classified information during his work for the Pentagon.

Maybe the president is smoking something strange. He talked his way into office, and now he is doing a great job in proving he is not much of anything besides a  great orator and a brilliant comedian.

But his handling of “Pollard for terrorists and peace talks” is no joke.

It would be interesting which presidential advisers came up with the horrendous notion of freeing Pollard so Israel can free terrorists so John Kerry can talk  and talk.

Obama is ultimately responsible, as the buck stopped at his desk when he backed the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, backed the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed military action against Syria and backed no military action in Syria.

It is a small wonder that an Associated Press poll released last week showed that only 59 percent, and not 89 percent, of Americans disapprove of the way he is running the country.

Even The New York Times would have a hard time coming up with an excuse for the immorality of deciding that Pollard can go free because the President of the United States thinks that the security of Americans is dependent on another year of tortured conversations between American mediators and negotiators for the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Dozens of American officials and former officials have said Pollard was dealt a fixed deck and an unfair trial.

Although anyone who knows how much or how little damage Pollard has done to the United States isn’t talking, perceptions are more important than the truth when it comes good ol’ American patriotism.

The Pollard episode, for whatever harm it may have done to the United States, did more harm to the American ego.

The revelation that Pollard worked as a double agent made him a traitor in the eyes of millions of Americans, and U.S. media still report he was convicted for “spying,” which is not true.

Obama showed some cold feet Tuesday, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said “no decision” has been made.

Criticism of freeing Pollard is coming from all quarters, including defense and intelligence officials, politicians and even a former Middle East negotiator.

“I think what he did is exceeded only by Edward Snowden,” Retired Adm. Thomas Brooks told Foreign Policy.

The Christian Science Monitor reported, “Pollard peddled secrets that included details of US spy satellites, analyses of foreign missile systems, and the extent of NSA surveillance of foreign governments.

“He reportedly offered material to South Africa, Argentina, and Taiwan, and was in touch with officials in Pakistan. Then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger testified in court that the US national security community suspects that much of what Pollard stole ended up with the Soviet Union, through the USSR’s own network of spies and moles.”

Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote in TIME Magazine, “Releasing Pollard… reflects the weakness and desperation of an administration that is presiding over a peace process not yet ready for prime time.

“What does the administration get for releasing Pollard — something none of its predecessors agreed to do? A final deal on Middle East peace? How about just an agreed framework to guide the negotiations? How about agreement on just one ball-busting-tough issue like borders or Jerusalem?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. they want us to release over hundreds of murders and terrorists but they cant release one single person that has already been imprisoned for 28 years!!!??????

  2. This man is psychopath!

  3. This man is psychopath!

  4. Darin Bishop says:

    Add my name to the list!!!!! I agree that Pollard should be released, but NOT in this manner. This would be disastrous for Israel…even the suggestion of this act is devastating

  5. Darin Bishop says:

    Add my name to the list!!!!! I agree that Pollard should be released, but NOT in this manner. This would be disastrous for Israel…even the suggestion of this act is devastating

  6. Is he crying or poking his eye?

  7. Obama goes down in history as a president that betrayed America .

  8. Obama goes down in history as a president that betrayed America .

  9. Dean Petree says:

    He has been receiving vocal opposition about a lot of things, but he could care less.

  10. Dean Petree says:

    He has been receiving vocal opposition about a lot of things, but he could care less.

  11. Pollard should be free a long time ago, stop listening to anti-Semitic voices. You just released thousands of real criminals with blood on their hands, where were the voices?

  12. Pollard should be free a long time ago, stop listening to anti-Semitic voices. You just released thousands of real criminals with blood on their hands, where were the voices?

  13. Yes from race hating right wing loony tunes

  14. Yes from race hating right wing loony tunes

  15. He should be released on humanitarian grounds, due to his poor health and time served, not in this circumstance. Very dangerous for Israel and Jews in general, for him to be released in some agreement in exchange for the release of full-blown, non-remorseful terrorist Islamo-nazis.

  16. It’s Obama’s fault.

  17. You are inciting against the president!
    I do not think it’s good for us … there is a limit President can absorb
    Do not forget …. all the decisions in his hands …. You make him hate us!
    I do not think it is a good idea.

  18. Praying for you Benjamin, Bibi may God be with you in every decisions you make.. pray pray before you make a decision, God chose you for a reason and that reason is that you fight for Israel and your people, his chosen one, dont be afraid God is with you.. just like in the beggining on the bible, God was with all of them, remember David he was a warrior…God was with David, and Saul, Paul, Joseph, Moise, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and then God came himself as Jesus the Lord And King Of Kinds halleluyah glory be to god, bless you Benjamin. everything is getting in to places for the return of our lord…glory be to God…..God Is with us Amen Amen…halleluyah, praise the Holy one glory glory. Y’shua

  19. He’s a community organizer; he’s never been in touch with reality.

  20. Brenda Young says:

    If Pollard is pardoned, then Larry Franklin should be pardoned too and let a brilliant man regain all the rights that he should be entitled to!

  21. Loren Renee says:

    Pollard is refusing to comply with the process. He is due for release next year and doesn’t want to be released as a pawn to hundreds of terrorist releases. It’s called integrity.

  22. Miriam Goodman says:

    Pollard must receive a pardon from Obama..not be used as a bargaining chip. Terrorist who murdered innocent Israeli men, women and children remain behind bars forever…. This deal is immoral…


  24. Alia Arif says:

    Such a political hot potato.How to release Pollard without losing face?

  25. Yori Mendel says:

    Most dictators are.

  26. Yori Mendel says:

    He never had a Face to lose.

  27. no matter the reasoning, if our brother will not be released unconditionally, may Hashem strike them with the Egyptian plagues, so they will understand WHO IS THE BOSS

  28. Ken Man says:

    Jeeez you just figured that out…. ?…. It dawned on me yonks ago but I think more…. A Hidden agenda

  29. We doubt Mr. Pollard is any longer a threat to any nation's security, No one seems to remember that he struck "a deal" with the government regarding punishment upon which the government reneged. Pollard's nemesis was Casper Weinberger.

  30. Larry Singleton says:

    Can you really blame Israel? Especially when it comes to the US Schizophrenic treatment of its “friends”. How many have we stabbed in the back and replaced with America hating wahibis?

    And it's not like you can compare Israel with the Russia “spying” on the US (Read Disinformation by General Pacepa) The Soviets are kicking over the furniture when it comes to the success of Islamists infiltrating and influencing the US government at every level. Including our whole education system. Read:

    Indoctrination U: The Left's War Against Academic Freedom and The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer

    It doesn't help that we have a president who by definition is a traitor. He'll go down in history as the worst president this country has ever had at the very least.

    The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andre C. McCarthy (Read the Introduction and get a reminder of how the president of the United States literally kow-towed to an Arab tyrant.)

    Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores by Michelle (the hottest woman on the planet) Malkin

    Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry
    American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson

    The Cairo Speech by Anne Bayefsky (Ass Kicking)

    Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel (Israel Video Network)

    Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel (You Tube)

    Whose sarin? By Seymour M. Hersh

    Egypt: "Why Not Us?" by Michael Armanious

    Anne Bayefsky-Islam Hijacking the UN Human Rights Council

    Full Lecture

    “Anne Bayefsky spoke against top UN Official Richard Falk's report on supposed Israeli human rights abuses at the 23rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. (Brilliant!)

  31. No way Pollard should not to be released, in any way.

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