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Rabbi Lau to Obama: God Sent You to White House; Send Pollard Home

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Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau wrote President Barack Obama  that God, via the American people, “appointed you…President of the United States,”  and that as a defender of freedom, he should release Jonathan Pollard from prison more than 28 years.

Rabbi Lau quoted from chapter 14 in the First Book of Samuel, which refers to King Saul’s son Jonathan with an impassioned outcry, “Shall Jonathan die?” The rabbi says he feels the same please from his heart for Jonathan Pollard.

Rabbi Lau reminded the President that Pollard’s life term in prison for passing on classified documents for Israel was unduly harsh and “unprecedented.”

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6 Responses to “Rabbi Lau to Obama: God Sent You to White House; Send Pollard Home”

  1. Salem Ali says:

    Okay, should an American spying on Israeli documents (if it happens) just be sent home and not pay for his/her crimes? DOn't THINK SO……

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    Actually the life sentence was far from unprecedented. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed after having been convicted of espionage. John Walker, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen are all serving live sentences and Jerry Whitworth is serving 365 years. Pollard has been eligible for parole for 17 years but has never bothered to apply. Perhaps Rabbi Lau can visit Pollard and convince him to apply.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Engel is my congressman.

  4. so why if the sentence is only 2-4 years for this crime why has Jonathan Pollard received a life sentence? that seems so unfair, unless they don't have any knowledge of what justice is? If they discriminate against Pollard simply because he is Jewish?

  5. I will pray for Pollard, to ask the Lord G-d of Israel, to put it in Obama' s heart to set Pollard free in the name of Christ our Lord and saviour,

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