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Esther Pollard met with former President Shimon Peres on the eve of his past meeting with President Obama.

A U.S. government parole board has turned down former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard’s request for release after 30 years in prison, according to the Campaign for the Release of Jonathan Pollard.

The 60-year-old dual Israeli-U.S. citizen was sentenced to life in prison on a single count of passing classified information to an ally – Israel – in his position as an analyst in the U.S. Navy.

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His sentence expires in 2030.

Since Pollard first became eligible for parole numerous public figures in the U.S. and Israel have appealed to the American government and successive administrations to free him, but all have failed.

A statement Wednesday by activists on behalf of Pollard quoted U.S. officials as saying releasing Pollard would “constitute contempt for the severity of the offense and promote a lack of respect for the law.”

Another review of his case is expected in February 2015, with a parole hearing to be set five months later, media reported. But a commission member told journalists the government would oppose Pollard’s release “Absolutely, vigorously.”

If the trend continues unabated, Pollard is likely to remain in prison until his sentence expires, when he is age 75.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

25 COMMENTS

  1. Shame on us! This is cruel and unusual punishment. This poor man has more than paid his debt. Such disgraceful, blatant predjudice by our government. I condemn the heartless inaction and cruelty by those in this administration who keep this man a prisoner just because of their unfounded hatred of Israel.

  2. Funny. Americans worry about Pslams: I will bless those who bless you [Israel] and curse those who curse you. They seem to think that Obama’s actions are going to bring one huge curse upon them, what they don’t realise is that Obama *is* the curse for the way American elites have been treating Israel for decades…

  3. ISRAEL HAS TO TRY HARDER! AND SO DO WE !!! WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU STOOD IN FRONT OF THE US EMBASSY TO SHOW THAT YOU EXPECT OBAMA WHO HAS OUR BACK TO RELEASE HIM YESTERDAY?WHEN DID YOU GET YOUR RADIO STATION TO MAKE A COMMENT OR PLEA ON HIS BEHALF.WE HAVE TO BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS!!!

  4. jonathan pollard has a perfect record as an ideal inmate so paraole is in order. US releases blacks who commited crimes and destruction even in jail so one smeels the hands of the state department in this.

    bibi should demand from the usa his release in exchange for its friends shince bibi released convicted arab murderers who still are active in their nefarious activities as a show of friendship to the usa.

  5. One immediate cause that should raise the ire of the American Jewish community is the treatment of Jonathan Pollard. Recently, the Jerusalem Post and a few American Jewish publications have revealed the US manipulations which keep Jonathan Pollard in prison as a political hostage to be held as a bargaining chip to wrest additional concessions from the state of Israel.

    An impressive array of former senior U.S. officials with extensive first-hand knowledge of the Pollard case have strongly protested directly to President Barack Obama , the “unjust denial of parole” for Jonathan Pollard, by Obama"s Justice Department parole board.

    Signers included R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA; Dennis DeConcini, former chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee; David F. Durenburger, also a former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Robert C. MacFarlane, former U.S. National Security Advisor; Lawrence J. Korb, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense; Prof. Angelo Codevilla, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer; Lee Hamilton, former chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence; and attorney Bernard W. Nussbaum, former White House counsel. Many others active in defense and intelligence matters with knowledge of the situation have already spoken out with very similar comments.

    US officials who appeared to oppose Pollards's release stated that freeing Pollard would “constitute contempt for the severity of the offense and promote a lack of respect for the law.”

    During this hearing the government knowingly utilized and quoted from documents which they know to be false which have been conclusively refuted by subsequent information and events. For example, certain of the accusations contained in these documents were directly placed there ( to provide cover-up for his own espionage operations) by an individuals in the CIA who was later convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. [Other accusations, such as the betrayal of US agents who were later executed by the Soviets turned out to be the doings of a traitor within the FBI, who was later convicted of espionage and received better treatment that has been accorded to Pollard.]

    The group's communication to president Obama blasted the parole process as “deeply flawed” and called the U.S. government’s contention that Pollard’s espionage “was the greatest compromise of U.S. security to that date” a “patently false claim.” That claim “is not supported by any evidence in the public record or the classified file [on Pollard],” the officials added.

    The White House’s contemplations about retaining Pollard as a bargaining chip to wrest additional concessions from the Israeli government and other White House efforts to prevent Pollard from being released are on the record.

  6. The next time, and it looks like it might occur this very week, that the US tries to persuade the Israeli Govt on showing restraint while being attacked by Arabs, the Israeli response should be "We will be glad to hear your advice from your emissary. Send him immediately." Do you want to know the name of our emissary? "Not necessary. Whoever he is, he'll be the one accompanied by Jonathan Pollard."

  7. it is sort of laughable when they talk about promoting a respect for the law, isnt the law of the Lord G-d to mete out justice tempered with mercy? seems they have forgotten about the mercy part.

  8. I know a man who used to be a drug addict, and got caught up in the Mob. He killed a man in cold blood because the Mob threatened him to make him do it. This guy was out of jail in 3 years for good behavior. How is Pollard more guilty than a confessed murderer? (My friend did full teshuvah, BTW, and works with the homeless now. A much better deal than having him sit in jail at the taxpayer's expense.)

  9. So they say "releasing Pollard would "constitute contempt for the severity of the offence and promote a lack of respect for the law!" – for crying out loud, half of the world's governments should be incarcerated if they stuck to the letter of such laws!

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