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Pollard Refused to Attend Parole Hearing

Can the US free Pollard if he refuses to attend his parole hearing, apparently a protest to being exchanged for terrorists?

IsPollard 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.

IsPollard 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.
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Jonathan Pollard may have ditched the deal in the making by which the Obama administration would free him from his life sentence in a U.S. federal prison cell if Israel agrees to release terrorists “with blood on their hands” along with several other security prisoners

Patricia Smoot, a member of the U.S. Parole Commission, said on Tuesday that Pollard has waived a planned parole hearing for the same day, the Associated Press reported.

The hearing was to be held at the federal prison in Butner, N.C., where Pollard is imprisoned.

No reason was stated for Pollard’s refusal, but it is possible that he is protesting the proposal that he be exchanged for terrorists. Israel also has promised to limit construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria so U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry can prolong his peace process saga for another year.

Others claim that Pollard did not show up for the hearing because his lawyers postponed it for procedural reasons.

Israel’s Housing Minister Uri Ariel commented on Tuesday, “I was personally told he is against being released in such a shameful deal.”

Pollard previously has objected to his being used as a bargaining chip in a mass release of Palestinian Authority terrorists by Israel.

It won’t be known until Wednesday, when Kerry arrives in Ramallah, if the deal will go through, but Pollard’s refusal to attend a parole hearing could cause problems for the Obama administration. Many U.S. intelligence and defense officials, as well as a large number of dyed-in-the-wool Americans, would prefer that Pollard die in jail, especially if his release is for no other reason than extending the failed peace process for another year.

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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17 Responses to “Pollard Refused to Attend Parole Hearing”

  1. A Jewish “criminal” in prison still smarter than the US government.

  2. Wow! He’s amazing! May H-protect

  3. Wow! He’s amazing! May H-protect

  4. Carolin Knox says:

    If only more had true morals like him!

  5. Carolin Knox says:

    If only more had true morals like him!

  6. Loren Renee says:

    Wow. Just wow. May Gd protect, watch over, and keep him from further harm. The word is integrity.

  7. I don’t blame him one bit

  8. Its about like the U.S. to do something like this to get what they want. Last I check we didnt make agreements with terrorists what changed.

  9. I knew he would never accept a deal like that.

  10. That wouldn’t take much to out smart the Govt’ Shalom

  11. It is amazing and "amusing" to observe OBama& Kerry game to get a "peace on the paper" to "solve" the Arab-Israeli conflict. and make history for themselves. They still do not realize that the Palestiniian are not interested in any peace agreement because they want the destruction of Israel; in the meantime the PA is getting a lot of money in their pocket. Obama and Kerry suggesting to release thousand of terrorist with blood in ther hands, to get a piece of paper signed by PA…Don't you remember the British Minister Chamberlin who claimed "victory" showing a piece of paper signed by Hitler?
    What is in the brain of our "leaders" in the West?
    What about their moral integrity?
    I would suggest they start eating more fish,

  12. Steve Brown says:

    Jews voted for Obama. Twice. What were we thinking ? Were you all thinking ? Let's look past the political labeling and vote for what is right and good. I can just see Jewish numbers for Hillary now…will we never change ?

  13. Stephen Morgan says:

    The fish has high content of mercury in it. Wait, maybe that's what they have been eating and the reason for all the insanity, eh?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Stephen Morgan should sent them some good ole salmon from British columbia without the mercury, wonder if that would help? ;-)

  15. That is inhuman. You are hero Jonathan.

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