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Miss Israel: I’ll Ask my Role Model Obama to Free Pollard (VIDEO)

Miss Israel calls Obama her role model, will ask him to release Pollard. Pollards issue statement asking Israelis to show Obama 'all due respect and honor.'
Yityish Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013, was asked to attend the State Dinner for President Obama.

Yityish Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013, was asked to attend the State Dinner for President Obama.

President Obama’s advance team insisted that Yityish Aynaw, the first Ethiopian Miss Israel, be included on the guest list for the official state dinner President Shimon Peres will host for the U.S. president.  At the time, they probably did not think it was necessary to do extensive background checks on the young woman.  What could be problematic about a beautiful African young woman who came to Israel as an orphan at the age of 12, and now reigns as the beauty queen of this Middle Eastern country?

But a potentially problematic YouTube video has surfaced.  Unlike a video which tanked the former Miss Delaware, forcing her to relinquish her crown, Miss Israel’s video is unlikely to harm her reputation within her domain.  The former Miss Delaware’s YouTube video confirmed rumors that she had made a pornographic movie, and it was later revealed that she was paid for her participation in that movie.

Miss Israel’s YouTube video, which is a clip of an interview aired on Israeli Ch 2 news on Wednesday, March 13, reveals something quite interesting, but utterly non-salacious.

The interviewer asks Aynaw, “What will you tell Obama when you meet him?”

She answers, “That he is a role model for me, and second, that he should free Pollard.”

Aynaw explains that she was very active while in high school – she was head of the student council – working on many different activities to help free Pollard.  She explained to the interviewer that she knows the story very well, and that if she has the opportunity, “lama lo? (why not?)”

So far there has been no response from the White House.

Jonathan Pollard has been in prison since 1987.  He was an American naval intelligence analyst in the early 1980′s when he passed certain classified information to the Israeli government. No other person who was convicted of obtaining classified information for an ally of the U.S. has served in prison as long as has Pollard, and several who were convicted of spying for enemies of the U.S. were released after serving shorter sentences.

On Wednesday, March 13, Jonathan Pollard and his wife, Esther, released a statement calling on all Israelis to show the utmost respect to President Obama during his visit to the Jewish state, according to the Jerusalem Post. This statement was made in response to a call from an Israeli politician to boycott President Obama’s speech if the president does not bring the Pollard home to Israel with him.

“Esther and Jonathan Pollard join the Committee to Bring Jonathan Pollard Home in urging the public to refrain from any action that may impugn the honor of the State of Israel by conveying, even inadvertently, any hint of disrespect or dishonor towards our official distinguished visitor,” the Pollards said in a statement. “We call upon the Israeli public to welcome President Obama to our country and to behave at all times with all due respect and honor towards the president of the United States.”

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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13 Responses to “Miss Israel: I’ll Ask my Role Model Obama to Free Pollard (VIDEO)”

  1. It’s time to free Jonalthan Pollard and let him go to Israel.

  2. Dave Wailer says:

    Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years

  3. Obama won’t let him out, but didn’t put him in either. It’s beyond a president’s purview.

  4. Obama won’t let him out, but didn’t put him in either. It’s beyond a president’s purview.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Kol hakavod – proving she is way more than just another pretty face.

  6. Vicky Cheatham says:

    I'm American, I love the Jewish people and Israel, Obama I hope doesn't shame us there with any comments other than being for Israel to be free and build where ever they want to build. Israel you have done enough to bring peace, it's time to do what's right in God's eyes, BUILD.

  7. Anya Khan says:

    Such a pretty and intelligent young lady. Good for her.

  8. Adam Greenfield says:

    “No other person who was convicted of obtaining classified information for an ally of the U.S. has served in prison as long as has Pollard”

    There goes that all powerful “Jewish Lobby” again!

    To the Western Leftists, Bradley Manning who stole thousands of documents and released them for allies and enemies alike, he is a hero. Yet Pollard rots in prison for decades and is often brought up in vitriolic rhetoric against Israel.

  9. Shi Yuehan says:

    Just what America needs, wisdom and advice from a 21 year old beauty queen.

  10. Stephen Leavitt says:

    And former IDF Officer.

  11. Pollard was actually arrested November 21, 1985. He was held in Solitary from Day One and for the next seven years. Sentenced March 4, 1987 (no jury trial) the US broke its plea agreement and Judge Robinson gave him a Life sentence.
    Pollard knew too much about Secretary of Defense Caspar Weiinberger's Saudi connections and anti-Israel actions. Others, such as Admiral Bobby Ray Inman were ignoring stated US policies and restricting information to Israel. Pollard saw this, could not get it rectified, took it upon himself to help Israel defend itself. It was not in his "job description" but he feared for Israel. Jonathan is the American Prisoner of Zion. He should never have gotten "LIFE" and he should be set free.

  12. Betty Seidner says:

    lovely young lady impressed with her intelligence….

  13. Tim Riks says:

    why is it such a big deal to released Pollard, this guy has less then 2 years left, I would rather he finished his term then to be used as a "Pawn" and a favor to Israel and the Jews.

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